benefit Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “benefit” in the English Dictionary

"benefit" in British English

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uk   us   /ˈben.ɪ.fɪt/

benefit noun (ADVANTAGE)

B1 [C or U] a ​helpful or good ​effect, or something ​intended to ​help: The ​discovery of ​oilbrought many benefits to the ​town. One of the many benefits offoreigntravel is ​learning how to ​cope with the ​unexpected. He's had the benefit of an ​expensiveeducation and ​yet he ​continues to ​work as a ​waiter. I didn't get/​derive (much) benefit fromschool. With the benefit of ​hindsight (= ​helped by the ​knowledgelearnedlater) it is ​easy for us to ​see where we went ​wrong.formal She ​drinks a lot less now, to the benefit of her ​health as a ​whole. [C, usually plural] an ​advantage such as ​medicalinsurance, ​lifeinsurance, and ​sickpay, that ​employeesreceive from ​theiremployer in ​addition to ​money: In ​addition to my ​salary, I get a ​pension and ​medical benefits.
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[C or U] UK (US usually benefits) the ​money given by the ​government to ​people who need ​financialhelp, for ​example because they cannot ​find a ​job: unemployment benefit I'm on benefit at the ​moment. If they could not ​prove they were ​looking for ​work, they could ​losetheir benefit. We can ​help you ​find out if you ​qualify for any benefits.

benefit noun (EMPLOYEE EXTRAS)

[C] something such as a ​pension or ​healthinsurance that an ​employeereceives in ​addition to ​their salary (= ​money): Management is ​trying to ​cutemployee pay and benefits. There are many ​ways you can use retirement benefits to ​recruit the ​bestworkers.

benefit noun (EVENT)

[C] an ​event such as a ​concert, ​performance, etc. that is ​organized in ​order to ​raisemoney for ​people in need: benefit concert

benefitverb [I or T]

uk   us   /ˈben.ɪ.fɪt/ (-t- or or -tt-)
B2 to be ​helped by something or to ​help someone: I ​feel that I have benefited ​greatly from her ​wisdom. How can we benefit those who most need ​ourhelp?
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(Definition of benefit from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"benefit" in American English

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benefitnoun [C/U]

 us   /ˈben·əˌfɪt/
a ​helpful or good ​effect: [C] It was a ​giveaway to the ​rich, he said, and not something that’s a benefit to most ​Americans. [U] She ​wanted her ​money to be used for the benefit of (= to ​help)poorchildren. social studies A benefit is also a ​helpfulservice given to employees in ​addition to ​theirpay or to someone ​else who ​needshelp: [C] health/​medical benefits [C] I’m ​collectingunemployment benefits. A benefit is also a ​party or other ​event that has the ​purpose of ​raisingmoney.
verb [I/T]  us   /ˈben·əˌfɪt/
[I] I have benefited ​greatly from her ​wisdom.
(Definition of benefit from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"benefit" in Business English

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uk   us   /ˈbenɪfɪt/
[C] a helpful or good ​effect: The discovery of ​oilbrought many benefits to the town.get/receive the benefit (of sth) Who received the benefit of the ​spending? To get the ​full benefit, this ​plan should be viewed as a ​long-terminvestment.reap the benefits (of sth) The ​industry is ​reaping the benefits of an ​increase in ​consumerconfidence.economic/financial/environmental/health benefits The town is already receiving the ​economic benefits of the new ​shoppingcentre. a ​long-term/​short-term/immediate benefit an ​added/​additional benefit
[C or U] GOVERNMENT, FINANCE in some countries, ​money that is given by the ​government to ​people who cannot ​find a ​job, are too ​sick to ​work, etc.: As an ​unemployed mother, you can claim benefits. I'm on benefit at the moment. unemployment/​disability/​housing benefit a benefit ​claimant
[C, usually plural] HR advantages such as ​medicalinsurance, ​lifeinsurance, and ​sickpay, that ​employees receive from their ​employer in ​addition to ​money: For ​workingparents, ​childcare can be one of the most ​valuable employee benefits a ​companyoffers. The ​companyoffers a generous benefits ​package that ​includesprivatehealthcare and a ​free on-site gym.
[C] INSURANCE payment from an insurancepolicy or a ​pensionplan: Last ​year, the UK ​insuranceindustrypaid out nearly £188 million every day in ​pension and lifeinsurance benefits. 50 is the earliest age the ​lawallowspeople to receive their pension benefits. His wife will receive his full benefits when he dies.


uk   us   /ˈbenɪfɪt/ (-t-, -tt-)
[I] to be helped by something: Investors will benefit because our ​advisers will be able to ​offer high ​qualityadvice.benefit from sth Many ​oilcompanies benefited from the ​risingprice of ​crudeoil.
[T] to ​help someone: The new ​travelscheme, ​offeringfreetravel, benefits ​people over the age of 60.
(Definition of benefit from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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