Definitions for Profitˈprɒf ɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

prof•it*ˈprɒf ɪt(n.)

  1. Often, profits. pecuniary gain resulting from the employment of capital in any transaction. the ratio of such gain to the amount of capital invested. proceeds or revenue from property, investments, etc.

    Category: Business

  2. the monetary surplus left to a producer or employer after deducting wages, rent, cost of materials, etc.:

    She sold the building at a profit.

    Category: Business

  3. advantage; benefit; gain.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  4. (v.i.)to gain an advantage or benefit:

    to profit from one's schooling.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  5. to make a profit.

    Category: Business

  6. to take advantage:

    to profit from the weaknesses of others.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  7. to be of service or benefit.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  8. (v.t.)to be of advantage or profit to.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

* Syn: See advantage.

Origin of profit:

1250–1300; ME < MF < L prōfectus progress, profit = prōfec-, var. s. of prōficere to make headway, advance (prō-pro -1+-ficere, comb. form of facere to make, do1) +-tus suffix of v. action


Princeton's WordNet

  1. net income, net, net profit, lucre, profit, profits, earnings(noun)

    the excess of revenues over outlays in a given period of time (including depreciation and other non-cash expenses)

  2. profit, gain(verb)

    the advantageous quality of being beneficial

  3. profit, gain, benefit(verb)

    derive a benefit from

    "She profited from his vast experience"

  4. profit, turn a profit(verb)

    make a profit; gain money or materially

    "The company has not profited from the merger"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. profit(noun)ˈprɒf ɪt

    ≠ loss

    They sold their house for a profit of $25,000.; The profits from the fundraiser will go to the charity.; Did they make a profit last year?

  2. profit(verb)ˈprɒf ɪt

    to gain or get a profit

    Do they profit from the sale of these items?


  1. profit(Noun)

    Total income or cash flow minus expenditures. The money or other benefit a non-governmental organization or individual receives in exchange for products and services sold at an advertised price.

  2. profit(Noun)

    Benefit, positive result obtained.

    Reading such an enlightening book on the subject was of much profit to his studies.

  3. profit(Noun)

    In property law, a nonpossessory interest in land whereby a party is entitled to enter the land of another for the purpose of taking the soil or the substance of the soil (coal, oil, minerals, and in some jurisdictions timber and game).

  4. profit(Verb)

    To benefit (sb), be of use to (sb).

  5. profit(Verb)

    To benefit, gain.

  6. profit(Verb)

    To take advantage of, exploit, use.

  7. Origin: From profit, from profit (French: )., from profectus, from proficere; see proficient.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Profit(noun)

    acquisition beyond expenditure; excess of value received for producing, keeping, or selling, over cost; hence, pecuniary gain in any transaction or occupation; emolument; as, a profit on the sale of goods

  2. Profit(noun)

    accession of good; valuable results; useful consequences; benefit; avail; gain; as, an office of profit,

  3. Profit(noun)

    to be of service to; to be good to; to help on; to benefit; to advantage; to avail; to aid; as, truth profits all men

  4. Profit(verb)

    to gain advantage; to make improvement; to improve; to gain; to advance

  5. Profit(verb)

    to be of use or advantage; to do or bring good

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Profit' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1919

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Profit' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1778

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Profit' in Nouns Frequency: #390

Translations for Profit

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


money which is gained in business etc, eg from selling something for more than one paid for it

I made a profit of $8,000 on my house; He sold it at a huge profit.

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