Opening vs Benefit - What's the difference?

opening | benefit |

As verbs the difference between opening and benefit

is that opening is while benefit is to be or to provide a benefit to.

As nouns the difference between opening and benefit

is that opening is an act or instance of making or becoming open while benefit is an advantage, help, sake or aid from something.

As an adjective opening

is (cricket).




  • Noun

    (en noun)
  • An act or instance of making or becoming open.
  • The daily openings of the day lily bloom gives it its name.
    He remembered fondly the Christmas morning opening of presents.
  • Something that is open.
  • A salamander darted out of an opening in the rocks.
    He slipped through an opening in the crowd.
  • An act or instance of beginning.
  • There have been few factory and store openings in the US lately.
    Their opening of the concert with ''Brass in Pocket'' always fires up the crowd.
  • Something that is a beginning.
  • # The first performance of a show or play by a particular troupe.
  • They were disappointed at the turnout for their opening , but hoped that word would spread.
  • # The initial period a show at an art gallery or museum is first opened, especially the first evening.
  • # The first few measures of a musical composition.
  • # (chess) The first few moves in a game of chess.
  • John spends two hours a day studying openings , and another two hours studying endgames.
  • A vacant position, especially in an array.
  • Are there likely to be any openings on the Supreme Court in the next four years?
  • # A time available in a schedule.
  • If you'd like to make a booking with us, we have an opening at twelve o'clock.
  • The only two-hour openings for the hockey rink are between 1AM and 5AM.
  • # An unoccupied employment position.
  • We have an opening in our marketing department.
  • An opportunity, as in a competitive activity.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2010 , date=December 29 , author=Sam Sheringham , title=Liverpool 0 - 1 Wolverhampton , work=BBC citation , page= , passage=The Reds carved the first opening of the second period as Glen Johnson's pull-back found David Ngog but the Frenchman hooked wide from six yards. }}


    * (something that is open) hole, gap, crevice * (available time) availability, slot * See also

    Coordinate terms

    * (opening of an art show) vernissage


    (en adjective)
  • (cricket)
  • Derived terms

    * grand opening * market opening * opening batsman * opening ceremony * opening credits * opening day * opening fire * opening hours * opening of an envelope * soft opening ----




    (en noun)
  • An advantage, help, sake or aid from something.
  • *
  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=5 , passage=When this conversation was repeated in detail within the hearing of the young woman in question, and undoubtedly for his benefit , Mr. Trevor threw shame to the winds and scandalized the Misses Brewster then and there by proclaiming his father to have been a country storekeeper.}}
  • A payment made in accordance with an insurance policy or a public assistance scheme.
  • A performance, etc, given to raise funds for some cause.
  • (obsolete) beneficence; liberality
  • Derived terms

    * beneficial * benefiter


    * (advantage, help ): foredeal, advantage, aid, assistance, boon, help * (payment ): subsidy


    * (advantage, help ): disadvantage, encumbrance, hindrance, nuisance, obstacle, detriment

    See also

    * lagniappe


  • To be or to provide a benefit to.
  • * Bible, Jer. xviii. 10
  • I will repent of the good, wherewith I said I would benefit them.
  • To receive a benefit (from); to be a beneficiary.
  • Usage notes

    * Benefiting and benefited are more common, with benefitting and benefitted being a minor variant especially in the US.


    * help, batten


    * malefic * detriment

    Derived terms

    (terms derived from "benefit") * benefit association * benefit dollar * benefit in kind * benefit of clergy * benefit principle * benefit society * benefit-cost analysis * benefit-cost ratio * benefits coordinator * bennies * cafeteria benefit * child tax benefit * core benefit * cost-benefit analysis * death benefit * elective benefit * employee benefit * equivalent annual benefit * family benefit * friend with benefits * fringe benefit * income-related benefit * injury benefit * maternity benefit * means-tested benefit * nonstatutory fringe benefit * nonwage benefit * private benefit * risk-benefit * sickness benefit * state benefit * stranded benefit * supplementary benefit * survivor benefit * unemployment benefit * variable death benefit *