Definitions for benefitˈbɛn ə fɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ben•e•fit*ˈbɛn ə fɪt(n.)

  1. something that is advantageous or good.

  2. a payment made to help someone or given by a benefit society, insurance company, or public agency.

  3. a social event or a performance for raising money for an organization, cause, or person.

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  4. Archaic. an act of kindness.

  5. (v.t.)to do good to; be of service to:

    a health program to benefit everyone.

  6. (v.i.)to derive benefit; profit:

    to benefit from experience.

Idioms for benefit:

  1. benefit of the doubt,a favorable opinion or judgment adopted despite uncertainty.

    Category: Idiom

* Syn: See advantage.

Origin of benefit:

1350–1400; late ME benefytt, ME b(i)enfet < AF benfet, MF bienfait < L benefactum, orig. ptp. of benefacere; see benefaction

Princeton's WordNet

  1. benefit(noun)

    financial assistance in time of need

  2. benefit, welfare(noun)

    something that aids or promotes well-being

    "for the benefit of all"

  3. benefit(verb)

    a performance to raise money for a charitable cause

  4. profit, gain, benefit(verb)

    derive a benefit from

    "She profited from his vast experience"

  5. benefit, do good(verb)

    be beneficial for

    "This will do you good"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. benefit(noun)ˈɛnəfɪt

    a good or helpful effect; = advantage

    the benefits of a varied diet; He had the benefit of a stable family life.; The money will be of benefit to the whole community.

  2. benefitˈɛnəfɪt

    money in addition to the salary given to employees by a company

    a great benefits package

  3. benefitˈɛnəfɪt

    money given by the government to people in need

    an unemployment benefit

  4. benefitˈɛnəfɪt

    an event to raise money for charity

    a benefit for the homeless

  5. benefitˈɛnəfɪt

    in order to help a particular person or group

    Please don't make extra food for my benefit.

  6. benefitˈɛnəfɪt

    to believe sb, although there are reasons not to

    I chose to give him the benefit of the doubt.

  7. benefit(verb)ˈɛnəfɪt

    to have a helpful effect on

    changes that benefit everyone

  8. benefitˈɛnəfɪt

    to gain an advantage

    Everyone benefits from the changes.

  9. benefitˈɛnəfɪt

    to be likely to gain an advantage

    Who stands to benefit from the insurance money.


  1. benefit(Noun)

    An advantage, help or aid from something.

  2. benefit(Noun)

    A payment made in accordance with an insurance policy or a public assistance scheme.

  3. benefit(Noun)

    A performance, etc, given to raise funds for some cause.

  4. benefit(Verb)

    To be or to provide a benefit to.

  5. benefit(Verb)

    To receive a benefit (from). To be a beneficiary.

  6. Origin: From Late benefytt, benefett, alteration (due to bene-) of benfet, bienfet, bienfait, from benfet, bienfait, from bienfet, bienfait, from past participle of bienfaire, from bien + faire, modelled after benefactum. More at benefactor.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Benefit(noun)

    an act of kindness; a favor conferred

  2. Benefit(noun)

    whatever promotes prosperity and personal happiness, or adds value to property; advantage; profit

  3. Benefit(noun)

    a theatrical performance, a concert, or the like, the proceeds of which do not go to the lessee of the theater or to the company, but to some individual actor, or to some charitable use

  4. Benefit(noun)

    beneficence; liberality

  5. Benefit(noun)

    natural advantages; endowments; accomplishments

  6. Benefit(verb)

    to be beneficial to; to do good to; to advantage; to advance in health or prosperity; to be useful to; to profit

  7. Benefit(verb)

    to gain advantage; to make improvement; to profit; as, he will benefit by the change


  1. Benefit

    Benefit is the third album by Jethro Tull, released in April 1970. It was the first Tull album to include pianist and organist John Evan – though he was not yet a permanent member of the group – and the last to include bass guitarist Glenn Cornick. It reached No. 3 in the UK album charts. More hard-rocking and transcended from blues influences than its predecessor, Stand Up, it also incorporated more advanced studio techniques, such as backward-recorded flute and piano, and sped-up guitar.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'benefit' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1391

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'benefit' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1066

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'benefit' in Nouns Frequency: #265

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'benefit' in Verbs Frequency: #436

Translations for benefit

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(usually with from or by ) to gain advantage

He benefited from the advice.

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