What does the word benefit mean?

Usage examples for benefit

  1. This is a surprise- party, I think, got up for our special benefit. – Hildegarde's Neighbors by Laura E. Richards
  2. His reply was that his mother- in- law had not as much confidence in him as his father had, and therefore had failed to receive as much benefit. – Primitive Psycho-Therapy and Quackery by Robert Means Lawrence