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.
to do good to; be of service to:
a health program to benefit everyone.
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.
Contemporary Examples

The War on Smoking Didn’t Save My Mother’s Life, but It Could Save Many More Joe Concha February 4, 2014
The LeBron James Show Bryan Curtis July 7, 2010
LAPD’s Bratton on New York vs LA Crime Benjamin Sarlin December 18, 2008
Priceline Stock Breaks Through $1,000 Barrier William O’Connor September 18, 2013
Women in the World Social Media Engagement: Get Social! The Daily Beast February 23, 2012

Historical Examples

The Harvest of Years Martha Lewis Beckwith Ewell
Rene Mauperin Edmond de Goncourt and Jules de Goncourt
The Orpheus C. Kerr Papers. Series 2 Robert H. Newell
An Apology for the Life of Mr. Colley Cibber, Volume II (of 2) Colley Cibber
The Trial of Charles Random de Berenger, Sir Thomas Cochrane, William Brodie Gurney

something that improves or promotes
advantage or sake: this is for your benefit

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
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
see: give the benefit


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