benefit

[ben-uh-fit]
noun
1.
something that is advantageous or good; an advantage: He explained the benefits of public ownership of the postal system.
2.
a payment or gift, as one made to help someone or given by a benefit society, insurance company, or public agency: The company offers its employees a pension plan, free health insurance, and other benefits.
3.
a theatrical performance or other public entertainment to raise money for a charitable organization or cause.
4.
Archaic. an act of kindness; good deed; benefaction.
verb (used with object), benefited or benefitted, benefiting or benefitting.
5.
to do good to; be of service to: a health program to benefit everyone.
verb (used without object), benefited or benefitted, benefiting or benefitting.
6.
to derive benefit or advantage; profit; make improvement: He has never benefited from all that experience.
Idioms
7.
for someone's benefit, so as to produce a desired effect in another's mind: He wasn't really angry; that was just an act for his girlfriend's benefit.

Origin:
1350–1400; late Middle English benefytt, benefett (noun), alteration (with Latinized first syllable) of Middle English b(i)enfet, benefait < Anglo-French benfet, Middle French bienfait < Latin benefactum good deed; see bene-, fact

benefiter, benefitter, noun
prebenefit, verb, prebenefited or prebenefitted, prebenefiting or prebenefitting.
self-benefit, noun
self-benefiting, self-benefitting, adjective
superbenefit, noun
unbenefited, unbenefitted, adjective
unbenefiting, unbenefitting, adjective


1. favor, service. See advantage.
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benefit (ˈbɛnɪfɪt)
 
n
1.  something that improves or promotes
2.  advantage or sake: this is for your benefit
3.  (Brit)
 a.  an allowance paid by the government as for sickness, unemployment, etc, to which a person is entitled under social security or the national insurance scheme
 b.  any similar allowance in various other countries
4.  (sometimes plural) a payment or series of payments made by an institution, such as an insurance company or trade union, to a person who is ill, unemployed, etc
5.  a theatrical performance, sports event, etc, to raise money for a charity
 
vb , -fits, -fiting, -fited, -fits, -fitting, -fitted
6.  to do or receive good; profit
 
[C14: from Anglo-French benfet, from Latin benefactum, from bene facere to do well]

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Word Origin & History

benefit
late 14c., "good or noble deed," also "advantage, profit," from Anglo-Fr. benfet "well-done," from L. benefactum "good deed" (see benefactor). Meaning "performance or entertainment to raise money for some charitable cause" is from 1680s. The verb is attested from 1540s.

benefits
"financial support (especially for medical expenses) to which one is entitled through employment or membership," 1895, pl. of benefit.
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Example sentences
Labels proclaiming health benefits of foods almost shout out in the aisles of
  supermarkets.
Recycling your plastic takes a little thought and effort but has all kinds of
  benefits.
The potential health benefits of drinking green tea are varied, ranging from
  preventing bad breath to protecting your heart.
Beets may get a bad rap in the culinary world, but their heath benefits have
  many reconsidering the oft-overlooked vegetable.
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