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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
ben•e•fit /ˈbɛnəfɪt/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. something advantageous or good[uncountable]Is it of benefit to you to help someone you detest?
  2. a payment made to help someone, given by an insurance company or public agency[countable]provided many health-care benefits.
  3. Show Business a social event held to raise money for an organization, cause, or person[countable]The rock group gave a benefit for victims of the drought in Africa.

v. 
  1. [+ object] to do good to; be of service to: a health-care program that will benefit everyone.
  2. to gain benefit from (something);
    profit: [no object]When the blood drive was over, the Red Cross had clearly benefited.[+ from + object] :I learned to benefit from experience.
idiom
  1. Idiomsfor (someone's) benefit, so as to produce a desired effect (in another's mind): The judge smiled for the benefit of the cameras.
  2. give someone the benefit of the doubt, to believe that someone is telling the truth, or is innocent of wrongdoing, in the absence of any proof for or against the person:We don't really know if Joe was cheating or not; I'd be inclined to give him the benefit of the doubt.

See -bene-. benefit is both a noun and a verb, beneficial is an adjective:His insurance plan provides medical benefits. The new rules don't benefit me. Certain foods are beneficial to your health.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
ben•e•fit  (benə fit), 
n., v., -fit•ed, -fit•ing. 

n. 
  1. something that is advantageous or good;
    an advantage:He explained the benefits of public ownership of the postal system.
  2. a payment or gift, as one made to help someone or given by a benefit society, insurance company, or public agency:The company offers its employees a pension plan, free health insurance, and other benefits.
  3. Show Businessa theatrical performance or other public entertainment to raise money for a charitable organization or cause.
  4. [Archaic.]an act of kindness; good deed;
    benefaction.
  5. Idiomsfor 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.

v.t. 
  1. to do good to;
    be of service to:a health program to benefit everyone.

v.i. 
  1. to derive benefit or advantage; profit;
    make improvement:He has never benefited from all that experience.
Etymology:
  • Latin benefactum good deed; see bene-, fact
  • Anglo-French benfet, Middle French bienfait
  • late Middle English benefytt, benefett (noun, nominal), alteration (with Latinized first syllable) of Middle English b(i)enfet, benefait 1350–1400
bene•fit•er, n. 
1 . favor, service. See advantage. 

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

benefit /ˈbɛnɪfɪt/ n
  1. something that improves or promotes
  2. advantage or sake
  3. (sometimes plural) 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
  4. a theatrical performance, sports event, etc, to raise money for a charity
vb ( -fits, -fiting, -fited, esp US -fits, -fitting, -fitted)
  1. to do or receive good; profit
Etymology: 14th Century: from Anglo-French benfet, from Latin benefactum, from bene facere to do well



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