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benefit

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noun ben·e·fit \ˈbe-nə-ˌfit\

Simple Definition of benefit

  • : a good or helpful result or effect

  • : money that is paid by a company (such as an insurance company) or by a government when someone dies, becomes sick, stops working, etc.

  • : something extra (such as vacation time or health insurance) that is given by an employer to workers in addition to their regular pay

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of benefit

  1. 1 archaic :  an act of kindness :  benefaction

  2. 2 a :  something that promotes well-being :  advantage b :  useful aid :  help

  3. 3 a :  financial help in time of sickness, old age, or unemployment b :  a payment or service provided for under an annuity, pension plan, or insurance policy c :  a service (as health insurance) or right (as to take vacation time) provided by an employer in addition to wages or salary

  4. 4 :  an entertainment or social event to raise funds for a person or cause

Examples of benefit in a sentence

  1. the benefits of fresh air and sunshine

  2. A benefit of museum membership is that purchases are discounted.

  3. There are many financial benefits to owning your own home.

  4. She is just now starting to reap the benefits of all her hard work.

  5. The benefits of taking the drug outweigh its risks.

  6. I see no benefit in changing the system now.

  7. We're lucky to be able to get the full benefit of her knowledge.

  8. He began collecting his retirement benefits when he was 65.

  9. He began collecting his retirement benefit when he was 65.

  10. The job doesn't pay much, but the benefits are good.



Origin of benefit

Middle English, from Anglo-French benfet, from Latin bene factum, from neuter of bene factus, past participle of bene facere


First Known Use: 14th century


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benefit

verb, ben·e·fit

Simple Definition of benefit

  • : to be useful or helpful to (someone or something)

  • : to be helped

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of benefit

benefited \-ˌfi-təd\ also benefittedbenefiting also benefitting

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to be useful or profitable to

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to receive benefit <has benefited from his experience>

benefiter play \-ˌfi-tər\ noun

Examples of benefit in a sentence

  1. The new plan may benefit many students.

  2. medicines that benefit thousands of people

  3. The politician held a fund-raiser to benefit his campaign.

  4. Some critics say that the tax cuts only benefit wealthy people.

  5. He'll benefit by having experiences I never did.



15th Century

First Known Use of benefit

15th century



BENEFIT Defined for Kids

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benefit

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noun ben·e·fit \ˈbe-nə-ˌfit\

Definition of benefit for Students

  1. 1 :  a good or helpful result or effect <the benefits of fresh air>

  2. 2 :  useful assistance :  help <… he is an orphan whom I raised myself without benefit of governess … — Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth>

  3. 3 :  money paid in time of death, sickness, or unemployment or in old age (as by an insurance company)




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benefit

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verb ben·e·fit

Definition of benefit for Students

benefitedbenefiting

  1. 1 :  to be useful or profitable to <The changes will benefit everyone.>

  2. 2 :  to be helped <He'll benefit from new experiences.>




Law Dictionary

benefit

noun ben·e·fit

Legal Definition of benefit

  1. 1 :  something that provides an advantage or gain; specifically :  an enhancement of property value, enjoyment of facilities, or increase in general prosperity arising from a public improvement general benefit :  a benefit to the community at large resulting from a public improvement special benefit :  a benefit from a public improvement that directly enhances the value of particular property and is not shared by the community at large Editor's note: In proceedings for a partial taking for the purpose of a public improvement, the condemning authority may use a special benefit to the remaining land as a set-off against the landowner's damages for the taking.

  2. 2 in the civil law of Louisiana :  a right especially that serves to limit a person's liability benefit of discussion :  the right of a surety being sued to compel the suing creditor to sue the principal first benefit of division :  the right of a surety being sued to compel the suing creditor to also sue the cosureties; also :  the right of the surety to be liable only for his or her proportionate share of the debt benefit of inventory :  the right of an heir to be held liable for the debts of the estate only to the extent of the assets in the estate Editor's note: The heir obtains the benefit of inventory by having a qualified public officer (as a notary public) make an inventory of the assets in the estate within the time period set by statute.

  3. 3a :  financial help in time of disability, sickness, old age, or unemployment b :  payment or service provided for under an annuity, pension plan, or insurance policy — see also death benefit c :  fringe benefit

benefit verb




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