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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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.
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Example sentences
The locals felt disenfranchised, not benefitting from park revenues.
Prosthetic breakthroughs made for these creatures are already benefitting
  humans.
Some industries benefitting while others suffer is a normal symptom of trade.
Bottom line folks, this stuff works, and you will be benefitting within a
  couple of years.
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