• WordNet 3.6
    • v benefit derive a benefit from "She profited from his vast experience"
    • v benefit be beneficial for "This will do you good"
    • n benefit something that aids or promotes well-being "for the benefit of all"
    • n benefit a performance to raise money for a charitable cause
    • n benefit financial assistance in time of need
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Aphids are born pregnant without the benefit of sex. Aphids can give birth 10 days after being born themselves.
    • Benefit A theatrical performance, a concert, or the like, the proceeds of which do not go to the lessee of the theater or to the company, but to some individual actor, or to some charitable use.
    • Benefit An act of kindness; a favor conferred. "Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits ."
    • Benefit Beneficence; liberality.
    • Benefit Natural advantages; endowments; accomplishments. "The benefits of your own country."
    • v. t Benefit To be beneficial to; to do good to; to advantage; to advance in health or prosperity; to be useful to; to profit. "I will repent of the good, wherewith I said I would benefit them."
    • v. i Benefit To gain advantage; to make improvement; to profit; as, he will benefit by the change.
    • Benefit Whatever promotes prosperity and personal happiness, or adds value to property; advantage; profit. "Men have no right to what is not for their benefit ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: When 7-year-old Shirley Temple’s life was insured with Lloyd’s, the contract stipulated that no benefits would be paid if the child film star met with death or injury while intoxicated.
    • n benefit A thing well done; a good deed.
    • n benefit An act of kindness; a favor conferred; good done to a person.
    • n benefit Advantage; profit; concretely, anything that is for the good or advantage of a person or thing; a particular kind of good receivable or received.
    • n benefit Bestowal, as of property, office, etc., out of good will, grace, or favor; liberality; generosity.
    • n benefit A performance at a theater or other place of public entertainment, the proceeds of which go to one or more of the actors, some indigent or deserving person, some charitable institution, or the like. In Great Britain also called a bespeak.
    • n benefit A natural advantage; endowment; accomplishment.
    • benefit To do good to; be of service to; advantage: as, exercise benefits health; trade benefits a nation.
    • benefit Same as beneficiate, 2.
    • benefit To gain advantage; make improvement: as, he has benefited by good advice.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The more that is learned about the ecological benefits of bats, the more home gardeners are going out of their way to entice these amazing winged mammals into their neighborhoods. Bats are voracious insect eaters, devouring as many as 600 bugs per hour for 4 to 6 hours a night. They can eat from one-half to three-quarters their weight per evening. Bats are also important plant pollinators, particularly in the southwestern U.S.
    • n Benefit ben′e-fit a kindness: a favour: any advantage, natural or other: a performance at a theatre, the proceeds of which go to one of the company
    • v.t Benefit to do good to
    • v.i Benefit to gain advantage (with from),—ns. Ben′efit-of-cler′gy, in old English law, the exemption of the persons of ecclesiastics from criminal process before a secular judge, they being responsible only to their ordinary. This privilege, at first limited to those in actual orders, was in 1350 extended to all manner of clerks, and in later practice to all who could read, whether of clergy or laity
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  • Richard Brinsley Sheridan
    “That old man dies prematurely whose memory records no benefits conferred. They only have lived long who have lived virtuously.”
  • Euripides
    “Joint undertakings stand a better chance when they benefit both sides.”
  • Johann Friedrich Von Schiller
    “That which is so universal as death must be a benefit.”
  • Sam Houston
    Sam Houston
    “The benefits of education and of useful knowledge, generally diffused through a community, are essential to the preservation of a free government.”
  • Thomas H. Huxley
    “There is the greatest practical benefit in making a few failures early in life.”
  • Niccolo Machiavelli
    “Benefits should be conferred gradually; and in that way they will taste better.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. benefet, benfeet, bienfet, F. bienfait, fr. L. benefactum,; bene well (adv. of bonus, good) + factum, p. p. of facere, to do. See Bounty, and Fact


In literature:

It teaches a man to seek to benefit others for their own sake, not for the sake of the reflex benefit on himself.
"Monopolies and the People" by Charles Whiting Baker
The accepted doctrine of tone emission is of no benefit whatever to the teacher of singing.
"The Psychology of Singing" by David C. Taylor
In proportion as you are diplomatic you will be able to benefit.
"Dollars and Sense" by Col. Wm. C. Hunter
His fall, however, benefited only the magnates of the realm.
"The Swedish Revolution Under Gustavus Vasa" by Paul Barron Watson
This I do as a matter of instinct, as well as of duty, for the benefit of future inquirers, so that they may not be misled.
"A Book for All Readers" by Ainsworth Rand Spofford
The many cases benefited by those methods have been and are such as are amenable to mental healing, of whatever kind.
"Primitive Psycho-Therapy and Quackery" by Robert Means Lawrence
A few days of rest, with pure air and good feed, will be of greater benefit than most medication.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
Across the sky in letters of light I would write these words of James Oliver: TO BENEFIT YOURSELF, YOU MUST BENEFIT HUMANITY.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 11 (of 14)" by Elbert Hubbard
Dress and glitter may please man, but it will never benefit him.
"Searchlights on Health: Light on Dark Corners" by B.G. Jefferis
The lime enabled the plants to obtain benefit from the plant-food.
"Crops and Methods for Soil Improvement" by Alva Agee

In poetry:

That self-denial we may show,
Which men of old enjoin'd,
And every vain desire forego,
To benefit mankind.
"Prayer For Divine Blessing" by John Pierpont
A benefit to books we owe
Music can ne'er dispense;
The one does only sound bestow,
The other gives us sense.
"To A Young Lady, On Being Too Fond Of Music" by Charles Lamb
A third will drink because he's wet,
Its benefits to try;
A fourth must sure a tankard get,
Because he's very dry.
"Reasons For Drinking" by John Pierpont
The poet's land is going fast;
Wild beauty must give place
To useful and substantial things,
Which benefit our race.
"Catching Speckled Trout" by Thomas Frederick Young
Who wrought successfully to place
Religion's fight within the land -
A benefit to all his race,
At home, or on a foreign strand.
"St. Patrick's Day" by Thomas Frederick Young
Come then, ye sinners, to your Lord,
In Christ to paradise restored;
His proffered benefits embrace,
The plenitude of gospel grace:
"Sinners, Obey the Gospel-Word!" by Charles Wesley

In news:

Backpackers are likely to experience the wilderness much more intimately than other types of travelers -- and reap the benefits of physical exercise and mental refreshment at the same time.
That benefit was one of the r. Need this information.
Matt Nathanson, Joshu Radin stood out at benefit to help restore the Balboa Theater.
The ability to run backward extremely fast while a man steadies your waist is only one benefit of ballroom dancing .
most bandsaws benefit from a tune-up.
Bandana 's Bar & Grill on Lake Road in Youngstown recently held a pool tournament to benefit the programs and services of Niagara Hospice.
The Multi-Neighborhood Yard Sale, sponsored by the Aiken Council of Neighborhoods, is a fundraiser to benefit Aiken Public Safety's Safer Communities initiative.
Even the best-laid employee-benefit plans can fail to meet their cost-control objectives -- and the latest in prescription-drug benefit plans are no exception.
Paper processing issues are among the most frequent claims problems the dental benefits industry reports to the ADA Council on Dental Benefit Programs.
Cloudy skies benefit the batter while clear skies benefit the pitcher.
Parity law requires mental health benefits comparable to physical care benefits.
Unemployment benefits claims dipped by 1,000, just below expectations for unemployment benefits claims.
There is a push to change the way death benefit s are allocated to the families of public servants, but extending those benefits will come at a cost.
Doing a few things before you submit your claim for benefits, however, may help protect your ability to receive the benefits you deserve.
To equalize benefits available to same-sex partners of employees, the technology firm also is eliminating a one-year waiting period to qualify for infertility benefits and including domestic partner s in its family leave policy.

In science:

One benefit is that it allows ready migration to operation in which the source of entangled photons is distant from the “transmit” and “receive” nodes. A notable drawback, however, is the relatively low Quantum Efficiency (QE) of InGaAs APDs.
Current status of the DARPA Quantum Network
The key to both of these lists of examples is that teachers benefit from having and/or acquiring the same habits of mind that students benefit from having. The difference is that a teacher applies the habits of mind to the problem of communication and learning.
ASK-IT/A2L: Assessing student knowlede with instructional technology
Applying Habits of Mind to Students ’ Metacognition Students also benefit from applying the habits of mind to their own learning, communication skills, and cognition. In other words, the habits of mind apply equally well to the “problem” of students learning how to learn, think, and communicate.
ASK-IT/A2L: Assessing student knowlede with instructional technology
Rubbia, ‘Phy sics potential at a neutrino factory: can we benefit from more than just detecting muons? ’ Nucl.
Future neutrino oscillation facilities: physics priorities and open issues
The ultimate goal should be for the user to be able to simultaneously benefit not only from a single, but from all development work conducted by researchers and implementors all around the globe.
A framework of reusable structures for mobile agent development