benefit Definition

  • 1an advantage or profit gained from something
  • 2a payment made by the government or an employer to someone who is ill, unemployed, or retired

Using benefit: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "benefit" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The new tax law will be of great benefit to low-income families.

  • Example

    She is receiving unemployment benefits.

  • Example

    The company offers a comprehensive benefits package to its employees.

  • Example

    Regular exercise has many health benefits.

benefit Synonyms and Antonyms

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Idioms Using benefit

  • to one's benefit

    in a way that is advantageous or helpful to someone


    Learning a foreign language can be to one's benefit when traveling abroad.

  • to reap the benefits

    to enjoy the advantages or rewards of something that has been done or achieved


    After years of hard work, she finally began to reap the benefits of her success.

  • the benefits outweigh the costs

    the advantages of something are greater than the disadvantages or expenses


    Although the initial investment was high, the benefits of the new technology outweighed the costs in the long run.

Phrases with benefit

  • a judgment in favor of someone when the evidence is uncertain


    I'll give him the benefit of the doubt and assume he didn't mean to offend me.

  • a musical event held to raise money for a charity or cause


    The benefit concert raised over $100,000 for cancer research.

  • a set of benefits offered by an employer to their employees in addition to their salary or wages


    The company's benefit package includes health insurance, retirement savings, and paid time off.

Origins of benefit

from Latin 'bene' meaning 'well' and 'facere' meaning 'to do'


Summary: benefit in Brief

The term 'benefit' [ˈbɛnɪfɪt] refers to an advantage or profit gained from something, such as the new tax law being of great benefit to low-income families. It also denotes a payment made by the government or an employer to someone who is ill, unemployed, or retired, like receiving unemployment benefits. Phrases like 'benefit of the doubt' and 'benefit concert' extend the term's usage, while idioms like 'to reap the benefits' and 'the benefits outweigh the costs' highlight the advantages of something.

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