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Benefit vs. Merit

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Benefitnoun

An advantage; help or aid from something.

‘It was for her benefit.’; ‘His benefit was free beer.’;

Meritnoun

(countable) A claim to commendation or a reward.

Benefitnoun

(insurance) A payment made in accordance with an insurance policy or a public assistance scheme.

Meritnoun

(countable) A mark or token of approbation or to recognize excellence.

‘For her good performance in the examination, her teacher gave her ten merits.’;

Benefitnoun

An event such as a performance, given to raise funds for some cause.

Meritnoun

Something deserving or worthy of positive recognition or reward.

‘His reward for his merit was a check for $50.’;

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Benefitnoun

(obsolete) beneficence; liberality

Meritnoun

The sum of all the good deeds that a person does which determines the quality of the person's next state of existence and contributes to the person's growth towards enlightenment.

‘to acquire or make merit’;

Benefitverb

(transitive) To be or to provide a benefit to.

Meritnoun

Usually in the plural form the merits: the substantive rightness or wrongness of a legal argument, a lawsuit, etc., as opposed to technical matters such as the admissibility of evidence or points of legal procedure; (by extension) the overall good or bad quality, or rightness or wrongness, of some other thing.

‘Even though the plaintiff was ordered by the judge to pay some costs for not having followed the correct procedure, she won the case on the merits.’;

Benefitverb

(intransitive) To receive a benefit (from); to be a beneficiary.

Meritnoun

The quality or state of deserving retribution, whether reward or punishment.

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Benefitnoun

An act of kindness; a favor conferred.

‘Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.’;

Meritverb

(transitive) To deserve, to earn.

‘Her performance merited wild applause.’;

Benefitnoun

Whatever promotes prosperity and personal happiness, or adds value to property; advantage; profit.

‘Men have no right to what is not for their benefit.’;

Meritverb

(intransitive) To be deserving or worthy.

‘They were punished as they merited.’;

Benefitnoun

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 use.

Meritverb

To reward.

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Benefitnoun

Beneficence; liberality.

Meritnoun

The quality or state of deserving well or ill; desert.

‘Here may men see how sin hath his merit.’; ‘Be it known, that we, the greatest, are misthoughtFor things that others do; and when we fall,We answer other's merits in our name.’;

Benefitnoun

Natural advantages; endowments; accomplishments.

Meritnoun

The quality or state of deserving well; worth; excellence.

‘Reputation is . . . oft got without merit, and lost without deserving.’; ‘To him the wit of Greece and Rome was known,And every author's merit, but his own.’;

Benefitverb

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 benefit them.’;

Meritnoun

Reward deserved; any mark or token of excellence or approbation; as, his teacher gave him ten merits.

‘Those laurel groves, the merits of thy youth.’;

Benefitverb

To gain advantage; to make improvement; to profit; as, he will benefit by the change.

Meritverb

To earn by service or performance; to have a right to claim as reward; to deserve; sometimes, to deserve in a bad sense; as, to merit punishment.

Benefitnoun

financial assistance in time of need

Meritverb

To reward.

Benefitnoun

something that aids or promotes well-being;

‘for the common good’;

Meritverb

To acquire desert; to gain value; to receive benefit; to profit.

Benefitnoun

a performance to raise money for a charitable cause

Meritnoun

any admirable quality or attribute;

‘work of great merit’;

Benefitverb

derive a benefit from;

‘She profited from his vast experience’;

Meritnoun

the quality of being deserving (e.g., deserving assistance);

‘there were many children whose deservingness he recognized and rewarded’;

Benefitverb

be beneficial for;

‘This will do you good’;

Meritverb

be worthy or deserving;

‘You deserve a promotion after all the hard work you have done’;

Benefitnoun

an advantage or profit gained from something

‘enjoy the benefits of being a member’; ‘the changes are of benefit to commerce’;

Benefitnoun

a payment made by the state or an insurance scheme to someone entitled to receive it

‘part-time jobs supplemented by means-tested benefits’; ‘families on benefit’;

Benefitnoun

an event such as a concert or game that is intended to raise money for a particular player or charity

‘a benefit gig’; ‘the social season was highlighted by debutante balls and charity benefits’;

Benefitverb

receive an advantage; profit

‘the areas would benefit from regeneration’;

Benefitverb

bring advantage to

‘the bill will benefit Britain’;

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