I'm looking for a verb to use want to describe something like benefit is lost / damaged.

If you use this technology, your work will be finished earlier. But if you are lazy, the benefits due to this technology will be damaged / lost.

I know damaged / lost is not proper verbs, so what verbs should I use to replace it?

  • To lose the benefits works - if your are lazy, you will lose the benefits
    – mplungjan
    Oct 7, 2013 at 13:54
  • lose is 100%, is there a word corresponding to damage?
    – misteryes
    Oct 7, 2013 at 13:58
  • "... you will lose some of the benefits".
    – TrevorD
    Oct 7, 2013 at 14:22

2 Answers 2


curtailed, lost, ruined, squandered, nullified, wasted, rendered ineffective...


Benefits are very much lost if the beneficiary does not taken advantage, so lost/lose is the right word choice.

No one would appreciate you suggesting that they might be lazy. The more subtle wording would be,

You will save time and lower your costs by using this technology. However, should you not take full advantage of the technology, you will lose (some of) these benefits.

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