Benefit vs Usage - What's the difference?

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As a noun benefit

is an advantage, help, sake or aid from something.

As a verb benefit

is to be or to provide a benefit to.

As an adjective usage is

used.

benefit

English

Noun

(en noun)
  • An advantage, help, sake or aid from something.
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  • 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

    Synonyms

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

    Antonyms

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

    See also

    * lagniappe

    Verb

  • 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.

    Synonyms

    * help, batten

    Antonyms

    * 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 *

    usage

    English

    (wikipedia usage)

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • The manner or the amount of using; use
  • Habit or accepted practice
  • (lexicography) The ways and contexts in which spoken and written words are used, determined by a lexicographer's intuition or from corpus analysis.
  • # Correct or proper use of language, proclaimed by some authority.
  • # Geographic, social, or temporal restrictions on the use of words.
  • Derived terms

    * usage dictionary * usage guide * usage label * usage lexicography * usage note * usage panel

    References

    * * Sydney I. Landau (2001), Dictionaries: The Art and Craft of Lexicography, 2nd ed., Cambridge University Press, p 217.

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