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Definition of "benefit" []

  • Something that promotes or enhances well-being; an advantage: The field trip was of great benefit to the students. (noun)
  • Help; aid. (noun)
  • A payment made or an entitlement available in accordance with a wage agreement, an insurance policy, or a public assistance program. (noun)
  • A public entertainment, performance, or social event held to raise funds for a person or cause. (noun)
  • Archaic A kindly deed. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "benefit" in a sentence
  • "At least President Obama understands that America is not a theocracy, so that we may again benefit from the input of our best & brightest."
  • "The main benefit is that insurance companies are able to press dentists to accept lower payments than cash-paying patients."
  • "The main benefit is that pragmatic adjudication will (arguably) have fewer bad results in individual cases, if only because seeking good results is precisely the objective of this approach."