What does benefit mean?

Definitions for benefitˈbɛn ə fɪt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word benefit.

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"


  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.

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.]

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


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Longinus Cassius:

    Whom did it benefit.

  2. Sofie Karasek:

    I gave them the benefit of doubt.

  3. Longinus Cassius:

    Whom did it benefit. (Cui Bono Fuerit)

  4. Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh:

    An output ceiling has no benefit to us.

  5. Warren Buffett:

    They've had the benefit of the Internet.

Images & Illustrations of benefit

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Translations for benefit

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • 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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