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verb benefit pronunciation in American English /ˈbenəfɪt/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlebenefiting or benefitting
past tensebenefited or benefitted
past participlebenefited or benefitted
  1. [intransitive] to get help or an advantage from something

    Thousands of households could benefit under the plan.

    benefit from:

    Patients have benefited greatly from this treatment.

    stand to benefit (=be likely to benefit):

    Unemployed people stand to benefit most from these policies.

    1. a.
      [transitive] to help someone or give them an advantage

      The system mainly benefited people in the south of the country.



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