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.
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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
a position or post granted to an ecclesiastic that guarantees a fixed amount of property or income. the revenue itself. the equivalent of a fief in the early Middle Ages. to invest with a benefice or ecclesiastical living. noun (Christianity) an endowed Church office yielding an income to its holder; a Church living the property […]
- Benefit society
an association of persons to create a fund, either by dues or assessments, for the assistance of members and their families in case of sickness, death, etc. Contemporary Examples The Girl Who Wrote About Drugs: Cat Marnell on Vice, Addiction & More Caitlin Dickson July 11, 2012 Historical Examples A Description of Millenium Hall Sarah […]
- Benefit of clergy
the rites or sanctions of a church. formal marriage: living together withoutbenefit of clergy. the privilege claimed by church authorities to try and punish, by an ecclesiastical court, any member of the clergy accused of a serious crime. The privilege was abolished in the U.S. in 1790 and in England in 1827. noun (Christianity) sanction […]
- Benefit of the doubt
a favorable opinion or judgment adopted despite uncertainty.