I am aware that "benefit" as a verb means

to be helped by something or to help someone

for instance, this

They argued that the tax will mainly benefit the rich.

means that tax is good for rich people.

Consider this

Computer-aided diagnosis (CAD) systems benefit physicians in reducing workload and improving diagnostic accuracy for medical examination.

which uses the pattern benefit sb. in doing sth.

Is it idiomatic to use "benefit" that way?

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Yes, this is quite idiomatic, and is used all the time. It means that it is beneficial for a particular purpose, or when in a particular context.

  • Thank you. Does "beneficial for a particular purpose" mean something like "beneficial to the health" where "health" is the "purpose"
    – WXJ96163
    Mar 30, 2020 at 22:04
  • Well, "to" in that case means specifically that "health" is what receives the benefit (and you'd usually say something like "beneficial to your health"), so "health" is not a purpose there. By "for a particular purpose" I meant that in your example, "benefit physicians in reducing workload" means that the physicians receive the benefit, but the purpose of the benefit or the way in which they are benefitted is "reducing workload".
    – Foogod
    Mar 30, 2020 at 22:18
  • I guess I've got it clearly. Thank you, that's very kind of you.
    – WXJ96163
    Mar 30, 2020 at 22:33

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