[ ben-uh-fit ]
/ ˈbɛn ə fɪt /
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.
verb (used with object), ben·e·fit·ed or ben·e·fit·ted, ben·e·fit·ing or ben·e·fit·ting.
to do good to; be of service to: a health program to benefit everyone.
verb (used without object), ben·e·fit·ed or ben·e·fit·ted, ben·e·fit·ing or ben·e·fit·ting.
to derive benefit or advantage; profit; make improvement: He has never benefited from all that experience.
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Idioms for benefit
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
synonym study for benefit
1. See advantage.
OTHER WORDS FROM benefit
ben·e·fit·er, ben·e·fit·ter, nounpre·ben·e·fit, verb, pre·ben·e·fit·ed or pre·ben·e·fit·ted, pre·ben·e·fit·ing or pre·ben·e·fit·ting.self-ben·e·fit, nounself-ben·e·fit·ing, self-ben·e·fit·ting, adjective
su·per·ben·e·fit, nounun·ben·e·fit·ed, un·ben·e·fit·ted, adjectiveun·ben·e·fit·ing, un·ben·e·fit·ting, adjective
Words nearby benefit
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British Dictionary definitions for for someone's benefit
/ (ˈbɛnɪfɪt) /
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
verb -fits, -fiting or -fited or esp US -fits, -fitting or -fitted
to do or receive good; profit
Word Origin for benefit
C14: from Anglo-French benfet, from Latin benefactum, from bene facere to do well
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Idioms and Phrases with for someone's benefit
see give the benefit.
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