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Meaning of BENEFIT

Pronunciation:  'benufit

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  something that aids or promotes well-being; "for the common good"
  2. [n]  a performance to raise money for a charitable cause
  3. [n]  financial assistance in time of need
  4. [v]  derive benefit from
  5. [v]  be beneficial for; "This will do you good"

BENEFIT is a 7 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: do good, gain, profit, welfare
 See Also: acquire, advantage, aid, benefit concert, capitalise, capitalize, cash in on, clear, cost-of-living benefit, death benefit, disability benefit, fringe benefit, get, good, goodness, help, interest, net, payment, performance, perk, perquisite, profiteer, public presentation, pyramid, reward, sack, sack up, sake, sick benefit, sickness benefit, take advantage



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Ben"e*fit\, n. [OE. benefet, benfeet, bienfet, F.
    bienfait, fr. L. benefactum; bene well (adv. of bonus good) +
    factum, p. p. of facere to do. See {Bounty}, and {Fact}.]
    1. An act of kindness; a favor conferred.
             Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his
             benefits.                             --Ps. ciii. 2.
    2. Whatever promotes prosperity and personal happiness, or
       adds value to property; advantage; profit.
             Men have no right to what is not for their benefit.
    3. A theatrical performance, a concert, or the like, the
       proceeds of which do not go to the lessee of the theater
       or to the company, but to some individual actor, or to
       some charitable use.
    4. Beneficence; liberality. [Obs.] --Webster (1623).
    5. pl. Natural advantages; endowments; accomplishments. [R.]
       ``The benefits of your own country.'' --Shak.
    {Benefit of clergy}. (Law) See under {Clergy}.
    Syn: Profit; service; use; avail. See {Advantage}.
  2. \Ben"e*fit\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Benefited}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Benefitting}.]
    To be beneficial to; to do good to; to advantage; to advance
    in health or prosperity; to be useful to; to profit.
          I will repent of the good, wherewith I said I would
          benefit them.                            --Jer. xviii.
  3. \Ben"e*fit\, v. i.
    To gain advantage; to make improvement; to profit; as, he
    will benefit by the change.
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