ben|e|fit1 [ `benəfıt ] noun ***
1. ) count usually plural extra money or other advantages that you get in addition to your salary from your employer as part of your job:
The benefits include medical insurance and a company car.
a ) money or help that an insurance company gives to you
2. ) count or uncount an advantage you get from a situation:
The new sports facility will bring lasting benefit to the community.
benefit for: Consider the potential benefits of the deal for the company.
get/gain/receive a benefit: The costs involved would outweigh any benefits gained.
derive a benefit from something: Even Liza derived little benefit from the changes.
reap a benefit: The town was still reaping the benefits years after the movie's release.
be of benefit to someone/something: Not all competition is of benefit to the consumer.
for someone's benefit: Molly explained what was happening for my benefit.
have the benefit of something: He has had the benefit of the best education money can buy.
3. ) count an event organized in order to make money for a person or a CHARITY:
a benefit concert/performance
4. ) count or uncount BRITISH payment for people who are sick or unemployed:
housing/sickness/disability benefit
on benefit: She's been on unemployment benefit for six years.
get/receive (a) benefit: families receiving benefit
give someone the benefit of the doubt
to treat someone as if their behavior is honest or correct, even though you are not certain that it is
ben|e|fit 2 [ `benəfıt ] (present participle benefiting or benefitting; past tense and past participle benefited or benefitted) verb ***
intransitive to get help or an advantage from something:
Thousands of households could benefit under the plan.
benefit from: Patients have benefited greatly from this treatment.
stand to benefit (=be likely to benefit): Unemployed people stand to benefit most from these policies.
a. transitive to help someone or give them an advantage:
The system mainly benefited people in the south of the country.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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