benefit

noun
ben·​e·​fit | \ ˈbe-nə-ˌfit How to pronounce benefit (audio) \

Definition of benefit

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : something that produces good or helpful results or effects or that promotes well-being : advantage discounted prices and other benefits of a museum membership The benefits outweigh the risks of taking the drug. reaping the benefits of their hard work changes that will be to your benefit
b : useful aid : help without the benefit of a lawyer
2a : financial help in time of sickness, old age, or unemployment is on unemployment benefit a disability benefit a family on benefits
b : a payment or service provided for under an annuity, pension plan, or insurance policy collecting his retirement benefits
c : a service (such as health insurance) or right (as to take vacation time) provided by an employer in addition to wages or salary The job doesn't pay much, but the benefits are good.
3 : an entertainment or social event to raise funds for a person or cause holding a benefit to raise money for the school
4 archaic : an act of kindness : benefaction

benefit

verb
benefited\ ˈbe-​nə-​ˌfi-​təd How to pronounce benefited (audio) \ also benefitted; benefiting also benefitting

Definition of benefit (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to be useful or profitable to tax cuts that primarily benefit the wealthy held a fund-raiser to benefit her campaign

intransitive verb

: to receive help or an advantage : to receive benefit patients who will benefit from the drug has benefited from his experiences in the military

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Verb

benefiter \ ˈbe-​nə-​ˌfi-​tər How to pronounce benefiter (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for benefit

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Noun

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Examples of benefit in a Sentence

Noun the benefits of fresh air and sunshine A benefit of museum membership is that purchases are discounted. There are many financial benefits to owning your own home. She is just now starting to reap the benefits of all her hard work. The benefits of taking the drug outweigh its risks. I see no benefit in changing the system now. We're lucky to be able to get the full benefit of her knowledge. He began collecting his retirement benefits when he was 65. He began collecting his retirement benefit when he was 65. The job doesn't pay much, but the benefits are good. Verb The new plan may benefit many students. medicines that benefit thousands of people The politician held a fund-raiser to benefit his campaign. Some critics say that the tax cuts only benefit wealthy people. He'll benefit by having experiences I never did.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The bigger price on the window sticker is commensurate with its added benefits. David Beard, Car and Driver, "2019 Ford Mustang GT Performance Pack Level 2 vs. 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350: Which Is the Better Track-Day Toy?," 10 Jan. 2020 Lives are transformed and our entire community benefits. The Courier-Journal, "Who are the most influential people in Kentucky? Here are 20 to watch in 2020," 9 Jan. 2020 Ghosn was charged with underreporting his income and diverting company funds for his own benefit. Anchorage Daily News, "Former Nissan boss complains of ‘corrupt, inhumane’ justice system in Japan in first public appearance since escape," 8 Jan. 2020 Ghosn was charged with under-reporting his future compensation and with breach of trust in diverting Nissan money for his personal benefit. Yuri Kageyama, USA TODAY, "Prosecutors in Japan raid lawyer’s office where Ghosn worked on case," 8 Jan. 2020 Ghosn was charged with under-reporting his future compensation and with breach of trust in diverting Nissan money for his personal benefit. Washington Post, "Prosecutors raid lawyer’s office where Ghosn worked on case," 8 Jan. 2020 But some of the hype around this herbal superstar of a daily pick-me-up has led to confusion about its immediate health benefits. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, "These Are Green Tea's Most Exciting Health Benefits, According to a Nutritionist," 6 Jan. 2020 Or does Bernie Sanders and his anti-war message benefit? NBC News, "Iran pushes impeachment and the 2020 race off center stage — for now," 6 Jan. 2020 In fact, the Social Security Administration itself urges everyone to create an online account just so someone else can’t do it for you and potentially steal your benefits, your direct deposit information or something else. cleveland, "How to create a Social Security account online if your credit file is frozen: Money Matters," 5 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Companies in sectors like telecom services, utilities, real estate and consumer goods have benefited from this flight to income. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, "Bond yields are really low. What's an investor craving yield to do?," 10 Jan. 2020 Although Taiwan’s economy under Tsai has experienced its and the island has benefited from the U.S.-China trade war, per capita incomes haven’t kept pace with the boom. Cindy Chang, Los Angeles Times, "L.A.-area residents flock to Taiwan to vote in ‘do or die’ presidential election," 10 Jan. 2020 Francouz has benefited from a .881 mark when on the penalty kill. Johnny Parlay, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Pittsburgh Penguins at Colorado Avalanche odds, picks and best bets," 10 Jan. 2020 Investors who bought Aramco shares after the Saudi oil giant’s highly anticipated initial public offering last month haven’t benefited from the outbreak of conflict in the company’s Mideast backyard. Alexander Osipovich, WSJ, "Saudi Aramco Shares Take Hit From Mideast Conflict," 8 Jan. 2020 Moscow has quietly benefited from Soleimani’s death with oil prices spiking. Sarah Dadouch, BostonGlobe.com, "Esper says US has not made any decision to leave Iraq," 6 Jan. 2020 Garland has undoubtedly benefited from being put on a line with Hall, as evidenced by Garland's five points (2 goals, 3 assists) in his last four games. Richard Morin, azcentral, "Analysis: Taylor Hall and Conor Garland have found chemistry with Coyotes," 3 Jan. 2020 Regardless of Monday’s outcome, the team has benefited from extra practices and more bonding time that come with making a bowl game. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, "How has Louisville battled bowl complacency? By staying motivated from loss to Kentucky," 29 Dec. 2019 The country’s economic growth in the last 40 years has benefited men much more than women. New York Times, "For China’s Pickup Artists, Sex Is the Goal and Urging Suicide Is a Tactic," 29 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of benefit

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for benefit

Noun and Verb

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

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The first known use of benefit was in the 14th century

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Last Updated

14 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Benefit.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/benefit. Accessed 17 January 2020.

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benefit

noun
How to pronounce benefit (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of benefit

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

benefit

verb

English Language Learners Definition of benefit (Entry 2 of 2)

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

benefit

noun
ben·​e·​fit | \ ˈbe-nə-ˌfit How to pronounce benefit (audio) \

Kids Definition of benefit

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a good or helpful result or effect the benefits of fresh air
2 : useful assistance : help … he is an orphan whom I raised myself without benefit of governess …— Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth
3 : money paid in time of death, sickness, or unemployment or in old age (as by an insurance company)

benefit

verb
benefited; benefiting

Kids Definition of benefit (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to be useful or profitable to The changes will benefit everyone.
2 : to be helped He'll benefit from new experiences.

benefit

noun
ben·​e·​fit

Legal Definition of benefit

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

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 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

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.

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

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