- something that is advantageous or good; an advantage: He explained the benefits of public ownership of the postal system.
- a payment or gift, as one made to help someone or given by an employer, an insurance company, or a public agency: The company offers its employees a pension plan, free health insurance, and other benefits.
- a theatrical performance or other public entertainment to raise money for a charitable organization or cause.
- Archaic. an act of kindness; good deed; benefaction.
- to do good to; be of service to: a health program to benefit everyone.
- to derive benefit or advantage; profit; make improvement: He has never benefited from all that experience.
- for (someone's) benefit, so as to produce a desired effect in another's mind: He wasn't really angry; that was just an act for his girlfriend's benefit.
Origin of benefit
Synonyms for benefit
Examples from the Web for benefitted
Contemporary Examples of benefitted
The firm, meanwhile, has benefitted greatly from its close relationship with Governor Christie.Why Is Walmart Paying Chris Christie's Pals?
February 18, 2014
When House of Cards premiered last February, it benefitted, in many ways, from low expectations.‘House of Cards’ Season Two Review: Even More Bingeworthy Than the First
February 14, 2014
That trend has benefitted upstart exchanges like ICE, which stands for IntercontinentalExchange.NYSE’s Sale to ICE: Sign of the Times
December 20, 2012
And it was not treated with the reverence that has benefitted Yves Saint Laurent.Can Alexander Wang Sell Street Style At Balenciaga?
November 30, 2012
Israel has benefitted from cheap Egyptian labor and the image of normalized business relations with an Arab neighbor.Tension Rises, But Israel and Egypt Stick to Economic Pact
October 3, 2012
Historical Examples of benefitted
Your mother did not know that she would ever have children to be benefitted by her out-door life.Almost A Man
Keep this book, carry it with you, and you will be benefitted.Dollars and Sense
Col. Wm. C. Hunter
I am sorry that you are not with me, as it possibly may have benefitted your neuralgia.Recollections and Letters of General Robert E. Lee
(His Son) Captain Robert E. Lee
And who was benefitted by such wanton destruction of property.How Private George W. Peck Put Down The Rebellion
George W. Peck
And even socialism is benefitted by having friends at court.The World of H.G. Wells
Van Wyck Brooks
- something that improves or promotes
- advantage or sakethis is for your benefit
- an allowance paid by the government as for sickness, unemployment, etc, to which a person is entitled under social security or the national insurance scheme
- any similar allowance in various other countries
- (sometimes plural) a payment or series of payments made by an institution, such as an insurance company or trade union, to a person who is ill, unemployed, etc
- a theatrical performance, sports event, etc, to raise money for a charity
- to do or receive good; profit
Word Origin for benefit
late 14c., "good or noble deed," also "advantage, profit," from Anglo-French benfet "well-done," from Latin benefactum "good deed," from bene facere (see benefactor). Meaning "performance or entertainment to raise money for some charitable cause" is from 1680s.
late 15c., from benefit (n.). Related: Benefited; benefiting.
see give the benefit.