I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French benfet, from Latin bene factum, from neuter of bene factus, past participle of bene facere Date: 14th century 1. archaic an act of kindness ; benefaction 2. a. something that promotes well-being ; advantage b. useful aid ; help 3. a. financial help in time of sickness, old age, or unemployment b. a payment or service provided for under an annuity, pension plan, or insurance policy c. a service (as health insurance) or right (as to take vacation time) provided by an employer in addition to wages or salary 4. an entertainment or social event to raise funds for a person or cause II. verb (benefited; also -fitted; -fiting; also -fitting) Date: 15th century transitive verb to be useful or profitable to intransitive verb to receive benefit <
has benefited from his experience
benefiter noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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