What does benefit mean?

Definitions for benefit
ˈbɛn ə fɪtben·e·fit

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. benefitnoun

    financial assistance in time of need

  2. benefit, welfarenoun

    something that aids or promotes well-being

    "for the benefit of all"

  3. benefitverb

    a performance to raise money for a charitable cause

  4. profit, gain, benefitverb

    derive a benefit from

    "She profited from his vast experience"

  5. benefit, do goodverb

    be beneficial for

    "This will do you good"


  1. benefitnoun

    An advantage, help or aid from something.

  2. benefitnoun

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

  3. benefitnoun

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

  4. benefitverb

    To be or to provide a benefit to.

  5. benefitverb

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

  6. Etymology: 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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. BENEFITnoun

    Etymology: beneficium, Lat.

    When noble benefits shall prove
    Not well dispos’d, the mind grown once corrupt,
    They turn to vicious forms. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits. Psalm ciii. 2.

    As many as offer’d life,
    Neglect not, and the benefit embrace
    By faith, not void of works. Paradise Lost, b. xii. l. 426.

    The creature abateth his strength for the benefit of such as put their trust in thee. Wisdom, xvi. 24.

  2. To Benefitverb

    To do good to; to advantage.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    What course I mean to hold,
    Shall nothing benefit your knowledge. William Shakespeare, Wint. Tale.

    He was so far from benefiting trade, that he did it a great injury, and brought Rome in danger of a famine. Arbuthnot.

  3. To Benefitverb

    To gain advantage.

    To tell you therefore what I have benefited herein, among old renowned authors, I shall spare. John Milton, on Education.


  1. benefit

    A benefit is a positive outcome, advantage, or gain received or experienced by an individual or group from a particular action, situation, product, or service. It can also refer to a type of financial or non-financial support given to employees by their employers, such as health insurance, retirement plans, or paid vacation.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Benefitnoun

    an act of kindness; a favor conferred

  2. Benefitnoun

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

  3. Benefitnoun

    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. Benefitnoun

    beneficence; liberality

  5. Benefitnoun

    natural advantages; endowments; accomplishments

  6. Benefitverb

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

  7. Benefitverb

    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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Benefit

    ben′e-fit, n. a kindness: a favour: any advantage, natural or other: a performance at a theatre, the proceeds of which go to one of the company.—v.t. to do good to.—v.i. to gain advantage (with from),—ns. Ben′efit-of-cler′gy, in old English law, the exemption of the persons of ecclesiastics from criminal process before a secular judge, they being responsible only to their ordinary. This privilege, at first limited to those in actual orders, was in 1350 extended to all manner of clerks, and in later practice to all who could read, whether of clergy or laity; Ben′efit-of-in′ventory (Scots law), a legal privilege whereby an heir secured himself against unlimited liability for his ancestor, by giving up within the annus deliberandi an inventory of his heritage or real estate, to the extent of which alone was the heir liable.—Benefit societies, associations for mutual benefit chiefly among the labouring classes, better known as Friendly societies. [M. E. benfet, through Fr. from L. benefactum.]

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  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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of benefit in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of benefit in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of benefit in a Sentence

  1. John Stuart Mill:

    Everyone who receives the protection of society owes a return for the benefit.

  2. Herbert Spencer:

    All socialism involves slavery.... That which fundamentally distinguishes the slave is that he labors under coercion to satisfy another's desires. The relation admits of many gradations. Oppressive taxation is a form of slavery of the individual to the community as a whole. The essential question is -- How much is he compelled to labor for other benefit than his own, and how much can he labor for his own benefit?

  3. Tina Joemat-Pettersson:

    We are committed to a thorough cost-benefit analysis and the cost-benefit analysis is part of the procurement process. We are not going to compromise our country in any way.

  4. Buddhist:

    A benefit given to the good is like characters engraven on a stone; a benefit given to the evil is like a line drawn on water.

  5. Pierre Charron:

    He who receives a benefit should never forget it he who bestow should never remember it.

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  • استفادةArabic
  • доход, ползвам някого, социална помощ, изгода, бенефис, ползаBulgarian
  • benefici, beneficiarCatalan, Valencian
  • výhoda, prospětCzech
  • hjælpDanish
  • von Vorteil sein, Leistung, Benefizkonzert, Vorteil, Benefizveranstaltung, profitierenGerman
  • viɖeEwe
  • επίδομα, ευεργετώ, ωφέλεια, ωφελώ, ωφελούμαι, όφελος, ευεργετούμαιGreek
  • avantaĝo, profiti, profito, benefico, subvencio, utiloEsperanto
  • beneficio, beneficiar, ventajaSpanish
  • بهره بردنPersian
  • etu, korvaus, lahjaottelu, avustus, lahjanäytös, hyöty, lahjanäytäntöFinnish
  • subvention, profiter, bénéfice, avantageFrench
  • prothaidScottish Gaelic
  • लाभHindi
  • օգուտ, նպաստArmenian
  • beneficio, avantageInterlingua
  • manfaatIndonesian
  • beneficioItalian
  • תועלתHebrew
  • 役立つ, 公益, 手当, 慈善興行, 利益, 恩恵, 得する, 給付金Japanese
  • 자선행사, 수당, 이익, 급부, 이롭다, 견리하다Korean
  • سوودKurdish
  • beneficiumLatin
  • faedah, kebaikanMalay
  • voordeel, subsidie, uitkering, benefietconcert, nut, benefietDutch
  • nytteNorwegian
  • korzyśćPolish
  • subsídio, beneficente, pagamento, benefícioPortuguese
  • beneficiu, beneficii, avantajRomanian
  • преимущество, бенефис, пособие, выгода, льгота, социальная помощь, прок, польза, благо, прибыль, толкRussian
  • subvencijaSerbo-Croatian
  • gynna, gagnas, gagna, understöd, bidrag, dra fördel av, gynnasSwedish
  • manufaaSwahili
  • நன்மைTamil
  • లబ్ధిTelugu
  • فائدہUrdu
  • 好处Chinese

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