What does profit mean?

Definitions for profit
ˈprɒf ɪtprof·it

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word profit.

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.

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

  2. profit(Noun)

    Benefit, positive result obtained.

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

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

  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).

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

  4. profit(Verb)

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

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

  5. profit(Verb)

    To benefit, gain.

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

  6. profit(Verb)

    To take advantage of, exploit, use.

    Etymology: 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

    Etymology: [F. profiter. See Profit, n.]

  2. Profit(noun)

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

    Etymology: [F. profiter. See Profit, n.]

  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

    Etymology: [F. profiter. See Profit, n.]

  4. Profit(verb)

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

    Etymology: [F. profiter. See Profit, n.]

  5. Profit(verb)

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

    Etymology: [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.]

Editors Contribution

  1. profit

    To earn money from a sale of commodities, goods, products, services and other elements of income received into a business.

    Profit is earned on every sale in a business.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 8, 2020  

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. Paul Brooks, The Pursuit of Wilderness (1971):

    We shall never understand the natural environment until we see it as a living organism. Land can be healthy or sick, fertile or barren, rich or poor, lovingly nurtured or bled white. Our present attitudes and laws governing the ownership and use of land represent an abuse of the concept of private property.... Today you can murder land for private profit. You can leave the corpse for all to see and nobody calls the cops.

  2. Elvis Picardo:

    The rest of the TSX weakness can be attributed to some profit-taking in the banks as well as significant weakness south of the border.

  3. Aaron Ament:

    Under current leadership, the Department of Education seems determined to deny student borrowers the financial relief to which they are entitled, the students we are trying to help have been doubly victimized — first by the for-profit colleges that deceived them, and now by the federal government that refuses to help.

  4. Eric Fletcher:

    Before we get to the point of litigation, the patient has ignored eight to ten attempts at contacting them to work out some kind of payment arrangement or qualify them for charity care, not for profit hospitals have a responsibility first and foremost to care for people without regard to their ability to pay, and we do that. We also have a responsibility to be a sustainable institution for our community, and to do that we have to be able to collect from patients who can pay.

  5. Marco Vailati:

    Chinese data are weighing on sentiment, along with a disappointing earning report from JPMorgan in the U.S. But we shouldn't forget that we've just left behind the best week of the year and some profit taking is normal.

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