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.
An example of a benefit is the action of creating a community playground.
An example of a benefit is the payment you receive from the insurance company if your house burns down.
An example of a benefit is a dinner intended to raise money for the Susan G. Komen foundation.
You will benefit from her good example.
- A favorable judgment granted in the absence of full evidence.
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of benefit
- Middle English from Old French bienfait good deed from Latin benefactum from benefacere to do a service benefaction
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Late Middle English benefytt, benefett, alteration (due to Latin bene-) of Middle English benfet, bienfet, bienfait (“good or noble deed”), from Anglo-Norman benfet (“well-done”), Middle French bienfait, from Old French bienfet, bienfait (“foredeal, favour”), from past participle of Old French bienfaire (“to do good, do well”), from bien (“well”) + faire (“to do”), modelled after Latin benefactum (“good deed”). More at benefactor.