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noun benefit pronunciation in British English /ˈbenɪfɪt/
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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] an advantage you get from a situation
    The new sports centre will bring lasting benefit to the community.
    benefit for: Consider the potential benefits of the deal for the company.
    get/gain/receive a benefit: The costs involved would outweigh any benefits gained.
    derive a benefit from something: Even Liza derived little benefit from the changes.
    reap a benefit: The town was still reaping the benefits years after the film’s release.
    be of benefit to someone/something: Not all competition is of benefit to the consumer.
    for someone’s benefit: Molly explained what was happening for my benefit.
    have the benefit of something: He has had the benefit of the best education money can buy.
  2. 2
    [countable/uncountable] British money or other help that the government gives people who need financial help, for example because they do not have a job. The American word is welfare
    housing/sickness/disability benefit
    claim (a) benefit: There has been an increase in the number of people claiming benefit.
    get/receive (a) benefit: families receiving benefit
    on benefit: She’s been on unemployment benefit for six years.
  3. 4
    [countable] an event organized in order to make money for a person or a charity
    a benefit concert/performance


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