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[ben-uh-fit] /ˈbɛn ə fɪt/
something that is advantageous or good; an advantage:
He explained the benefits of public ownership of the postal system.
a payment or gift, as one made to help someone or given by an employer, an insurance company, or a public agency:
The company offers its employees a pension plan, free health insurance, and other benefits.
a theatrical performance or other public entertainment to raise money for a charitable organization or cause.
Archaic. an act of kindness; good deed; benefaction.
verb (used with object), benefited or benefitted, benefiting or benefitting.
to do good to; be of service to:
a health program to benefit everyone.
verb (used without object), benefited or benefitted, benefiting or benefitting.
to derive benefit or advantage; profit; make improvement:
He has never benefited from all that experience.
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 of benefit
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
Related forms
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. Unabridged
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  • Zack Arnold would not be the only one benefitted by contact with the owner of the cabin.

    Storm-Bound Alan Douglas
  • Your mother did not know that she would ever have children to be benefitted by her out-door life.

    Almost A Man Mary Wood-Allen
  • Neither is willing to enter into a contract by which the land itself can be benefitted.

  • I am sorry that you are not with me, as it possibly may have benefitted your neuralgia.

    Recollections and Letters of General Robert E. Lee (His Son) Captain Robert E. Lee
  • "That should make a very enjoyable journey for you, and you should be benefitted," he said, cheerfully.

    Edith and John Franklin S. Farquhar
British Dictionary definitions for benefitted


something that improves or promotes
advantage or sake: this is for your benefit
  1. 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
  2. any similar allowance in various other countries
(sometimes pl) 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
a theatrical performance, sports event, etc, to raise money for a charity
verb -fits, -fiting, -fited especially (US) -fits, -fitting, -fitted
to do or receive good; profit
Word Origin
C14: from Anglo-French benfet, from Latin benefactum, from bene facere to do well
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Word Origin and History for benefitted



late 14c., "good or noble deed," also "advantage, profit," from Anglo-French benfet "well-done," from Latin benefactum "good deed," from bene facere (see benefactor). Meaning "performance or entertainment to raise money for some charitable cause" is from 1680s.


late 15c., from benefit (n.). Related: Benefited; benefiting.

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