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benefit*/*/
[ˈbenɪfɪt] noun I
1) [C/U] an advantage that you get from a situation
He has had the benefit of the best education money can buy.[/ex]
Consider the potential benefits of the deal for the company.[/ex]
Not all competition is of benefit to the consumer.[/ex]
We are working for the benefit of the whole community.[/ex]
2) [C/U] British
money that the government gives people who need financial help, for example because they are unemployed
housing/sickness/disability benefit[/ex]
There has been an increase in the number of people claiming benefit.[/ex]
She's been on unemployment benefit for six years.[/ex]
3) [C] something good that you get from your employer as part of your job
The benefits include medical insurance and a company car.[/ex]
4) [C] an event that is organized in order to make money for a CHARITY
a benefit concert/performance[/ex]
give sb the benefit of the doubt — to accept what someone says, although you know that they might be lying[/ex]
II
(present participle benefiting benefitting; past tense and past participle benefited benefitted) verb [I/T]
benefit */*/[ˈbenɪfɪt]
to get an advantage, or to give someone an advantage
Thousands of households could benefit under the scheme.[/ex]
The system mainly benefited people in the cities.[/ex]
Some patients have benefited greatly from this treatment.[/ex]

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