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benefit

ben·e·fit

benefit

 
 
pronunciation:
be n fiht
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb
phrases:
benefit of the doubt
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: anything that provides an advantage or produces a positive result.
Exercise provides many benefits for your health.Cleaner air is a benefit of living in the country.
 
synonyms:
advantage, behoof, boon, favor, use
antonyms:
disadvantage, drawback, harm
similar words:
asset, avail, convenience, gain, good, positive, profit
definition 2: an object, service, or sum of money that enhances well-being; aid.
Our company provides benefits such as health insurance and paid vacations.
similar words:
accommodation, advantage, aid, asset, assistance, blessing, favor, gain, godsend, help, perk, perquisite, profit, relief, welfare
definition 3: a social event to raise money for a specific cause or person.
We're having a benefit to raise money for the children's hospital.
synonyms:
fund-raiser
similar words:
affair, event, occasion, party
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phrase: benefit of the doubt
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: benefited, benefiting, benefits, benefitted, benefitting
definition: to cause positive results for; be helpful to.
The new public swimming pool will benefit the entire community.A healthy diet would benefit you greatly.I hope this advice benefits you in some way.
synonyms:
avail, help, profit, serve
antonyms:
damage, disadvantage, harm, hurt
similar words:
aid, assist, pay
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to gain or derive favorable results (usu. fol. by from).
You will certainly benefit from getting a college education.I benefited a good deal from the experience of living abroad.
synonyms:
avail, gain, profit
antonyms:
suffer
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