Benefit definition

bĕnə-fĭt
To be helpful or useful to.
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(archaic) A kindly, charitable act; benefaction.
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To do good to or for; aid.
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To benefit is defined as to be helpful to others, or to receive help from others.

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.

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A favorable or beneficial circumstance, condition, or result.

Several benefits to good nutrition.

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To receive advantage; profit.
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(intransitive) To receive a benefit (from); to be a beneficiary.
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A form of compensation, such as paid vacation time, subsidized health insurance, or a pension, provided to employees in addition to wages or salary as part of an employment arrangement.
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A performance, etc, given to raise funds for some cause.
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A public entertainment, performance, or social event held to raise funds for a person or cause.
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Help; aid.

The field trip was of great benefit to the students.

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Gain or advantage.

Tax legislation for the benefit of the rich.

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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.

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.

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That which is helpful; advantage; financial assistance; gain; privilege; profit.
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(archaic) A kindly deed.
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Any public performance, bazaar, dance, etc. the proceeds of which are to help a certain person, group, or cause.
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An advantage, help, sake or aid from something.

It was for her benefit. His benefit was free beer.

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Something that promotes or enhances well-being; an advantage.

The nurse explained the benefits of regular exercise.

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A payment made by a government agency or insurance company to qualifying persons in time of need.

An increase in welfare benefits.

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To be or to provide a benefit to.
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To derive benefit.

You will benefit from her good example.

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Payments made by an insurance company, public agency, welfare society, etc. as during sickness, retirement, unemployment, etc. or for death.
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benefit of the doubt
  • A favorable judgment granted in the absence of full evidence.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
benefit
Plural:
benefits

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.

    From Wiktionary