From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishbenefitben‧e‧fit1 /ˈbenəfɪt/ ●●● S2 W1 AWL noun 1 advantage [countable, uncountable]ADVANTAGE an advantage, improvement, or help that you get from something → beneficialbenefit of the benefits of contact lenses I never had the benefit of a university education. The new credit cards will be of great benefit to our customers. I hope that the decision taken today will be to the benefit of the whole nation.for somebody’s benefit Could you just explain again for Mark’s benefit?without the benefit of something Most motorists manage without the benefit of four-wheel drive.► see thesaurus at advantage2 money from government [countable, uncountable] British EnglishPEWMONEY money provided by the government to people who are sick, unemployed, or have little money syn welfare American Englishunemployment/housing/child etc benefit You might be entitled to housing benefit.on benefit families on benefit those people eligible to claim benefit3 extra things [countable usually plural]BFIMONEY extra money or other advantages that you get as part of your job or from insurance that you have → perk We offer an excellent benefits package. medical benefits → fringe benefit4 → give somebody the benefit of the doubt5 → with the benefit of hindsight/experience6 → benefit concert/performance/matchCOLLOCATIONSverbshave the benefit of somethingAll the hotel rooms have the benefit of a balcony.get a benefit (also gain/derive a benefit formal)In this way, students will gain maximum benefit from their classes.enjoy the benefitsYou’ll enjoy all the benefits of being a member.reap the benefits (=enjoy the advantages of something you have worked hard to get)He was looking forward to reaping the benefits of all his hard work.bring/provide benefitsThe new bridge has brought considerable benefits.something outweighs the benefits (=something is more important than the benefits)Make sure that the risks don’t outweigh the benefits.ADJECTIVES/NOUN + benefita great/major/substantial benefitThe new system will be a great benefit to the company.a real benefitTo get some real benefit from the exercise, you should continue for at least half an hour.a direct benefitThe money sent has been of direct benefit to the islanders.a lasting benefitThese plans are likely to result in lasting benefit to the whole of our district.the full benefit of somethingThey will have the full benefit of our facilities.economic/social/environmental etc benefitsTourism has brought considerable economic benefits to the island.health benefitsJust 30 minutes of moderate daily activity yields health benefits.mutual benefit (=something good for both people, companies etc involved)Our two companies are working together for mutual benefit.potential benefitsThe potential benefits of the scheme must be weighed against the costs involved.for your own benefitHe used the money for his own benefit, instead of using it to help other people.
Examples from the Corpusbenefit• a benefit being held at a downtown hotel• a benefit concert for the Children's Hospital• You should find out about any benefits you're entitled to.• Child benefit has been frozen for the last three or four years.• Thus the would-be entrepreneur can keep drawing benefits, and, if the business fails, they haven't lost out.• It suffices that customers are expected to act in a way that will provide economic benefits to the entity.• Businesses would lose a whole raft of deductions, including those for employee benefits such as health care.• Surely she'll be eligible for housing benefit?• Tourism has brought many benefits to the area.• The company provides medical benefits.• Both Nunn and Solomon stressed the mutual benefits of a friendlier relationship.• Two-thirds of lone parents are on benefit.• the safety benefits of wearing bicycle helmets• social security benefits• There are several benefits you can claim if you are unemployed.• What are the benefits for Britain of belonging to the European Union?• Let's reap the benefits of a service that is at least 30% better.• And, some employers go basic with the benefits because that is all they can afford.• The benefits include full medical cover when traveling abroad.• the benefits of a healthy lifestyle• If you were fired from your previous job, you may not be able to claim unemployment benefit.be of ... benefit• A teacher Would have a good understanding of the ways in which Work Experience can be of benefit to the curriculum.• Do we really need lots of people sitting around pondering on research topics that are of little benefit to man or beast?• Having a reliable, automatic means of doing this would be of great benefit.• Raising the image of the whole educational system is of benefit to all schools.• Skeletal muscle relaxing agents and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are often used but probably are of no more benefit than simple aspirin-based analgesics.• The fact that interest on home mortgages and property taxes remain deductible is of disproportionate benefit to high-income groups.• The Guidelines will be of benefit to those delivering the modules in colleges, schools and other centres.• The lane down to the harbour was steep; the oncoming wind would be of positive benefit.unemployment/housing/child etc benefit• As a first step pensions and child benefit were to be raised and long-term supplementary benefit extended to the long-term unemployed.• This included the poll tax and changes in health provision, unemployment and housing benefits and education.• From April, child benefits are to be raised in the hope of encouraging parents to produce a few more babies.• These are child benefits, industrial injuries and death benefits, certain invalidity benefits, and attendance and mobility allowances.• For example they may be asked to prepare a training session on how to deal with difficult clients or one on housing benefits.• She says delays from the Department of Social Security in paying out housing benefit have given her financial problems.• If you are already receiving Housing Benefit this will be done automatically. 5.• Are changes such as means-testing child benefit and state pensions simply unthinkable?benefits package• A benefits package is a very marketable advantage, one that Trope hopes will give them the edge over other independent labels.• A suitable relocation compensation and benefits package also needs to be provided.• To improve attitudes further, employers need to explain the provisions of the compensation and benefits package fully.• We offer an excellent salary and benefits package, including relocation costs.• Other team members ask Vickie to find out if any decision has been made on the change in the company benefits package.• Additionally there is a comprehensive benefits package that will include relocation expenses if needed.• In any case, the coverage for everyone would be the national standard benefits package.