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, company enterprise, organization or form of unity assembly, unity council, unity legislature, unity senate, unity house of representatives, unity parliament, unity government, local unity government, regional unity government, national unity government, european unity government and international unity government.

    Profit is earned in a business and each from of unity government.

    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

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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. Anuj Somany:

    There are many people who do 'Tit for Tat', but still their number is much lesser than that of those who for own vested profit scratch each other's back.

  2. Feltham:

    Envy is a vice that would pose a man to tell what it should be liked for. Other vices we assume for that we falsely suppose they bring us either pleasure, profit, or honour. But in envy who is it can find any of these? Instead of pleasure, we vex and gall ourselves. Like cankered brass, it only eats itself, nay, discolours and renders it noisome. When some one told Agis that those of his neighbour?s family did envy him, ?Why, then,? says he, ?they have a double vexation?one, with their own evil, the other, at my prosperity.?

  3. Pope Francis:

    Not paying fairly, not giving a job because you are only looking at how to make a profit -- that goes against God.

  4. Nairo Quintana:

    We knew how to move, and hopefully I'll get better physically, we were able to profit on a day when anything could've happened. I'm feeling a bit better having been suffering with a cold, but we'll see how I do in the mountains tomorrow.

  5. John Kasich:

    I served on a hospital board that has 55 hospitals around the country. I did my duty well and I made it clear that I was opposed to Obamacare and that it didn't serve the best views of the country. I didn't profit off of it, john's problem is that he embraced Obamacare, thought it was right for Ohio ... he was proud of it before, not sure why he is so defensive of it now.

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