- benefite (obsolete)
From Late Middle English benefytt, benefett, alteration (due to Latin bene-) of benfet, bienfet, bienfait (“good or noble deed”), from Anglo-Norman benfet (“well-done”), Middle French bienfait, from Old French bienfet, bienfait (“foredeal, favour”), from past participle of bienfaire (“to do good, do well”), from bien (“well”) + faire (“to do”), modelled after Latin benefactum (“good deed”). More at benefactor.
- An advantage; help or aid from something.
- It was for her benefit. His benefit was free beer.
- 1897 December (indicated as 1898), Winston Churchill, chapter 5, in The Celebrity: An Episode, New York, N.Y.: The Macmillan Company; London: Macmillan & Co., Ltd., OCLC 222716698:
- When this conversation was repeated in detail within the hearing of the young woman in question, and undoubtedly for his benefit, Mr. Trevor threw shame to the winds and scandalized the Misses Brewster then and there by proclaiming his father to have been a country storekeeper.
- (insurance) A payment made in accordance with an insurance policy or a public assistance scheme.
- An event such as a performance, given to raise funds for some cause.
- (obsolete) beneficence; liberality
- 1612–1613 (date written), John Webster, The Tragedy of the Dvtchesse of Malfy. […], London: […] Nicholas Okes, for Iohn Waterson, […], published 1623, OCLC 1008120661, Act III, scene v:
- The Birds, that liue i'th field / On the wilde Benefit of nature, liue / Happier then we; for they may chooſe their Mates, / And carroll their ſweet pleaſures to the Spring: […]
- Intended audience (as for the benefit of).
- The whole scene was staged for his benefit, and it completely fooled him.
- Since my wife is Canadian, whenever we have dinner with my family, they keep bringing up anything they've heard about Canada lately for her benefit.
- 2020 April 16, Gary D.D. Morrison, J., “Succession de Kalimbet Piela c. Obodzinski, 2020 QCCS 1222”, in CanLII, retrieved 9 May 2021:
- So, if Obodzinski is correct in saying that Mrs. Piela actually signed a document in the coffee shop, in front of witnesses, she staged a scene, pretending that it was the alleged Mandate. The other explanation is that none of this ever took place, and the staging was only a fictitious creation for the benefit of the Court.
- (transitive) To be or to provide a benefit to.
- (intransitive) To receive a benefit (from); to be a beneficiary.
- 1960 June, “Talking of Trains: New B.R. research laboratory”, in Trains Illustrated, page 329:
- Diesel maintenance schedules are benefiting from work done on the magnificent Hilger & Watts electronic spectrograph for oil analysis, which detects minute quantities of metals in samples of used lubricating oil; [...].
- 2021 January 13, Christian Wolmar, “Read all about London's Cathedrals of Steam”, in RAIL, issue 922, page 63:
- Instead, the grime of the steam years which still discoloured many of the best architectural features Betjeman loved has been cleared away, and several of the stations have benefited from major refurbishments which have greatly improved them.
- Benefiting and benefited are more common, with benefitting and benefitted being minor variants, especially in the US.
- benefit association
- benefit-cost analysis
- benefit-cost ratio
- benefit dollar
- benefit in kind
- benefit of clergy
- benefit principle
- benefits coordinator
- benefit society
- cafeteria benefit
- child tax benefit
- core benefit
- cost-benefit analysis
- death benefit
- elective benefit
- employee benefit
- equivalent annual benefit
- family benefit
- friend with benefits
- fringe benefit
- income-related benefit
- injury benefit
- maternity benefit
- means-tested benefit
- nonstatutory fringe benefit
- nonwage benefit
- private benefit
- sickness benefit
- state benefit
- stranded benefit
- supplementary benefit
- survivor benefit
- unemployment benefit
- variable death benefit
- widow’s benefit
benefit m (invariable)
- (Classical) IPA(key): /ˈbe.ne.fit/, [ˈbɛnɛfɪt̪]
- (Ecclesiastical) IPA(key): /ˈbe.ne.fit/, [ˈbɛːnɛfit̪]