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English definition of “benefit”

benefit

noun [C, U]
 
 
/ˈbenɪfɪt/
ADVANTAGE B1 something that helps you or gives you an advantage: I've had the benefit of a happy childhood.Helping and co-operating
GOVERNMENT UK money that the government gives to people who are sick, poor, not working, etc: unemployment benefitSocial security and state benefitsUnemployment
for sb's benefit in order to help someone: We bought the piano for the children's benefit.Helping and co-operatingMaking things betterBecoming better
→ See also child benefit, fringe benefit, give sb the benefit of the doubt
(Definition of benefit noun from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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