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1an advantage or profit gained from something:tenants bought their houses with the benefit of a discount enjoy the benefits of being a member uninformed criticism is of benefit to no one 2a payment or gift made by an employer, the state, or an insurance company:welfare benefits wages and benefits 3a public performance or other entertainment of which the proceeds go to a particular charitable cause.
verb (benefits, benefiting or benefitting, benefited or benefitted) [no object]
receive an advantage; profit; gain:areas that would benefit from regeneration [with object] bring advantage to:the bill will benefit the nation
1 historical exemption of the English clergy and nuns from the jurisdiction of the ordinary civil courts, granted in the Middle Ages but abolished in 1827. 2ecclesiastical sanction or approval:they lived together without benefit of clergy
1in order to help, guide, or be of service to:a man who has spent his life fighting evil for the benefit of the community 2in order to interest or impress someone:it was all an act put on for his benefit