Ben"e*fit (&?;), n. [OE. benefet,
benfeet, bienfet, F. bienfait, fr. L.
benefactum; bene well (adv. of bonus good) + factum,
p. p. of facere to do. See Bounty, and Fact.]
1. An act of kindness; a favor conferred.
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his
Ps. ciii. 2.
2. Whatever promotes prosperity and personal
happiness, or adds value to property; advantage; profit.
Men have no right to what is not for their
3. A theatrical performance, a concert, or the
like, the proceeds of which do not go to the lessee of the theater or to
the company, but to some individual actor, or to some charitable
4. Beneficence; liberality. [Obs.]
5. pl. Natural advantages; endowments;
accomplishments. [R.] "The benefits of your own country."
Benefit of clergy. (Law) See under
Syn. -- Profit; service; use; avail. See Advantage.
Ben"e*fit, v. t. [imp. & p.
p. Benefited; p. pr. & vb. n.
Benefitting.] To be beneficial to; to do good to; to advantage;
to advance in health or prosperity; to be useful to; to profit.
I will repent of the good, wherewith I said I would
Jer. xviii. 10.
Ben"e*fit, v. i. To gain advantage; to
make improvement; to profit; as, he will benefit by the