- 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.
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Contemporary Examples of benefitting
Even though Hackney sees Democrats benefitting, he says initiatives like his should not be viewed as partisan.Can Dems Ride Pot High to Victory?
May 1, 2014
Walgreens and Rite Aid—seeing the glowing publicity CVS is benefitting from—will quickly follow suit.The War on Smoking Didn’t Save My Mother’s Life, but It Could Save Many More
February 5, 2014
As the economy recovers and tourism has begun taking off again (see Chicago hotel boom) Priceline is benefitting.Priceline Stock Breaks Through $1,000 Barrier
September 19, 2013
Pinterest Please support our Women in the World boutique, featuring products by, for and benefitting women.Women in the World Social Media Engagement: Get Social!
The Daily Beast
February 24, 2012
It is a high-dollar, mutually agreeable tango, benefitting the network and the players, just like the James special.The LeBron James Show
July 8, 2010
Historical Examples of benefitting
It had been peopled after two or three winters which Mme. Bourjot had spent in Nice under pretext of benefitting her health.Rene Mauperin
Edmond de Goncourt and Jules de Goncourt
He was benefitting his race; and though I do not see much similarity between his case and yours, you had better go to Nova Zembla.The Orpheus C. Kerr Papers. Series 2
Robert H. Newell
It will be remembered that he stated his intention of benefitting Cibber by taking the Patent (see ante, p. 42).
I think nothing is really pleasure as compared with the blessedness of benefitting others.The Harvest of Years
Martha Lewis Beckwith Ewell
He had no hope of benefitting his creditors in his present situation, or of assisting himself.The Trial of Charles Random de Berenger, Sir Thomas Cochrane,
William Brodie Gurney
- 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.