The definition of a benefit is something that will provide an advantage for others, something you may receive as compensation from an insurance company or an event to raise money for a worthwhile cause.(noun)
To benefit is defined as to be helpful to others, or to receive help from others.(verb)
An example of benefit is to make a donation to the community's volunteer fire department. An example of benefit is to receive help after a serious illness.
See benefit in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME benefet < OFr bienfait, a kindness < L benefactum, meritorious act < benefacere: see benefaction
See benefit in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English
Origin: , from Old French bienfait, good deed
Origin: , from Latin benefactum
Origin: , from benefacere, to do a service; see benefaction.
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