AskDefine | Define benefit

Dictionary Definition



1 financial assistance in time of need
2 something that aids or promotes well-being; "for the common good" [syn: welfare]
3 a performance to raise money for a charitable cause


1 derive a benefit from; "She profited from his vast experience" [syn: profit, gain]
2 be beneficial for; "This will do you good" [syn: do good] [also: benefitting, benefitted]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. An advantage, help or aid.
  2. A payment made in accordance with an insurance policy or a public assistance scheme.
  3. A performance, etc, given to raise funds for some cause.




advantage, help or aid
payment, subsidy
performance given to raise funds

See also


  1. To be a benefit (to someone).
  2. To be a benefit.

Usage notes

  • Benefiting and benefited are more common in the US, benefitting and benefitted are more common in the UH.


be a benefit (to someone)
  • Czech: prospět
to be a benefit

Extensive Definition

Benefit may refer to: Something that a party was not previously entitled to receive.
  • Economic benefit, the positive contribution to gross national product (or other measure of value) from an economic activity or project: see Cost-benefit analysis.
  • Employee benefit, non-monetary employment compensation
  • Benefit concert, or any activity performed for a charitable purpose
  • Benefit (album), an album by Jethro Tull
  • The Benefits, a musical duo from Denmark
  • Benefit (sports), a match or season of activities granted by a sporting body to a loyal sportsman to boost their income before retirement
  • Money, goods, or services provided by a social welfare program, including:
    • Federal benefits, as provided by the United States federal government to its citizens.
benefit in Czech: Benefit
benefit in Spanish: Beneficio (desambiguación)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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