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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ben-uh-fit]
    • /ˈbɛn ə fɪt/
    • /ˈben.ɪ.fɪt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ben-uh-fit]
    • /ˈbɛn ə fɪt/

Definitions of benefits word

  • noun benefits The benefits of a life or medical insurance policy are the money that it pays out. 3
  • noun benefits something that is advantageous or good; an advantage: He explained the benefits of public ownership of the postal system. 1
  • noun benefits a payment or gift, as one made to help someone or given by an employer, an insurance company, or a public agency: The company offers its employees a pension plan, free health insurance, and other benefits. 1
  • noun benefits a theatrical performance or other public entertainment to raise money for a charitable organization or cause. 1
  • noun benefits Archaic. an act of kindness; good deed; benefaction. 1
  • verb with object benefits to do good to; be of service to: a health program to benefit everyone. 1

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Origin of benefits

First appearance:

before 1350
One of the 20% oldest English words
1350-1400; late Middle English benefytt, benefett (noun), alteration (with Latinized first syllable) of Middle English b(i)enfet, benefait < Anglo-French benfet, Middle French bienfait < Latin benefactum good deed; see bene-, fact

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Parts of speech for Benefits


benefits popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 93% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

benefits usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for benefits

noun benefits

  • assignee — a person to whom some right, interest, or property is transferred
  • beneficiary — Someone who is a beneficiary of something is helped by it.
  • devisee — a person to whom property, esp realty, is devised by will
  • donee — a person to whom a gift is made.
  • fringe benefit — any of various benefits, as free life or health insurance, paid holidays, a pension, etc., received by an employee in addition to regular pay.

verb benefits

  • advances — personal overtures made in an attempt to become friendly, gain a favour, etc
  • assists — Plural form of assist.
  • worsteds — Plural form of worsted.

Antonyms for benefits

noun benefits

  • abominations — Plural form of abomination.
  • abuses — Plural form of abuse.
  • adversities — adverse or unfavorable fortune or fate; a condition marked by misfortune, calamity, or distress: Friends will show their true colors in times of adversity.
  • afflictions — Plural form of affliction.
  • albatrosses — Plural form of albatross.

verb benefits

Top questions with benefits

  • what does friends with benefits mean?
  • what is the maximum social security benefits?

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