--noun (singular: benefit; plural: benefits)

1. welfare: something that aids or promotes well-being.
  • "For the benefit of all."
2. financial assistance in time of need.
3. a performance to raise money for a charitable cause.

--verb (verb: benefit; 3rd person present: benefits; past tense: benefited; past participle: benefited; gerund or present participle: benefiting)

4. to derive a benefit from.
5. to be beneficial for.
1377, "good or noble deed", from Anglo French benfet "well-done", from Latin benefactum "good deed" (see benefactor.) Meaning "advantage, profit" first attested 1393. Meaning "performance or entertainment to raise money for some charitable cause" is from 1687. The verb is attested from 1549. Benefice "ecclesiastical living" is from 1340.
How to use "ben·e·fit"?
The returns or receipts include all that is received from an outlay or investment; the profit is the excess (if any) of the receipts over the outlay; hence, in government, morals, etc., the profit is what is really good, helpful, useful, valuable. Utility is chiefly used in the sense of some immediate or personal and generally some material good. Advantage is that which gives one a vantage-ground, either for coping with competitors or with difficulties, needs, or demands; as to have the advantage of a good education; it is frequently used of what one has beyond another or secures at the expense of another: to have the advantage of another in an argument, or to take advantage of another in a bargain. Gain is what one secures beyond what he previously possessed. Benefit is anything that does one good. Emolument is profit, return, or value accruing through official position. Expediency has respect to profit or advantage, real or supposed, considered apart from or perhaps in opposition to right, in actions having a moral character. Compare UTILITY.
Synonyms
  • advantage - the quality of having a superior or more favorable position. "The experience gave him the advantage over me."
  • expediency - the quality of being suited to the end in view.
  • proceeds - the income or profit arising from such transactions as the sale of land or other property.
  • service - work done by one person or group that benefits another. "Budget separately for goods and services."
  • avail - to use to one's advantage. "He availed himself of the available resources."
  • gain - to obtain advantages, such as points, etc.. "The home team was gaining ground."
  • receipts - the entire amount of income before any deductions are made.
  • usefulness - the quality of being of practical use.
  • benefit - something that aids or promotes well-being. "For the benefit of all."
  • good - having desirable or positive qualities especially those suitable for a thing specified. "Good news from the hospital."
  • return - to go or come back to place, condition, or activity where one has been before. "Return to your native land."
  • utility - the service (electric power or water or transportation) provided by a public utility. "The cost of utilities never decreases."
  • emolument - compensation received by virtue of holding an office or having employment (usually in the form of wages or fees). "A clause in the U.S. constitution prevents sitting legislators from receiving emoluments from their own votes."
  • improvement - the act of improving something. "Their improvements increased the value of the property."
Antonyms
  • damage - to inflict damage upon. "The snow damaged the roof."
  • detriment - a damage or loss.
  • harm - any physical damage to the body caused by violence or accident or fracture etc..
  • injury - any physical damage to the body caused by violence or accident or fracture etc..
  • ruin - to destroy completely; to damage irreparably. "You have ruined my car by pouring sugar in the tank!."
  • destruction - the termination of something by causing so much damage to it that it cannot be repaired or no longer exists.
  • disadvantage - the quality of having an inferior or less favorable position.
  • hurt - to give trouble or pain to. "This exercise will hurt your back."
  • loss - something that is lost. "The car was a total loss."

Benefit or Benefits may refer to: * Benefit, a 1970 music album by Jethro Tull * Benefit, provided by a social welfare program ** Federal benefits, provided by the United States federal government * Benefit, Georgia, a community in the United States * Benefit, a match or season of activities granted by a sporting body to a loyal sportsman to boost their income before retirement * "Benefits", a 2009 episode of the television show ''How I Met Your Mother * Benefit concert * Benefit performance * The Benefit Company, a Bahraini interbanking company * Benefit Cosmetics, an American cosmetics company * Employee benefit, non-wage compensation provided to employees * Health benefits * Health benefits, insurance against medical expenses