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Definitions for profit
ˈprɒf ɪtprof·it

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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"


  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

  6. Origin: [F. profiter. See Profit, n.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Profit

    prof′it, n. gain: the gain resulting from the employment of capital: the difference between the selling price and the first cost: advantage: addition to good or value: benefit: improvement.—v.t. to benefit or to be of advantage to: to improve.—v.i. to gain advantage: to receive profit: to improve: to be of advantage: to bring good.—adj. Prof′itable, yielding or bringing profit or gain: lucrative: productive: advantageous: beneficial.—n. Prof′itableness.—adv. Prof′itably.—ns. Prof′iter; Prof′iting, profit, gain, or advantage: (B.) progress or proficiency.—adj. Prof′itless, without profit, gain, or advantage.—adv. Prof′itlessly.—n. Prof′it-shar′ing, a voluntary agreement under which the employee receives a share, fixed beforehand, in the profits of a business.—Profit and loss, gain or loss arising from buying and selling, &c.—Net profits, clear gain after deduction of all outlay and expenses; Rate of profit, the amount of profit compared with the capital used in its production. [Fr.,—L. profectus, progress—proficĕre, profectum, to make progress.]

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

How to pronounce profit?

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How to say profit in sign language?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of profit in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of profit in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of profit in a Sentence

  1. Keith Parker:

    Capex follows profit growth.

  2. John Ibbotson:

    High scare equals high profit.

  3. Ben Le Brun:

    It's around a healthy profit-taking.

  4. Jacob Parker:

    Profit sharing is a higher priority.

  5. Publilius Syrus:

    Many receive advice, few profit by it.

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