What does profit mean?

Definitions for profit
ˈprɒf ɪtprof·it

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. net income, net, net profit, lucre, profit, profits, earningsnoun

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

  2. profit, gainverb

    the advantageous quality of being beneficial

  3. profit, gain, benefitverb

    derive a benefit from

    "She profited from his vast experience"

  4. profit, turn a profitverb

    make a profit; gain money or materially

    "The company has not profited from the merger"


  1. profitnoun

    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. profitnoun

    Benefit, positive result obtained.

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

  3. profitnoun

    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. profitverb

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

  5. profitverb

    To benefit, gain.

  6. profitverb

    To take advantage of, exploit, use.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. PROFITnoun

    Etymology: profit, Fr.

    Thou must know,
    ’Tis not my profit that does lead mine honour. William Shakespeare.

    He thinks it highly just, that all rewards of trust, profit, or dignity should be given only to those, whose principles direct them to preserve the constitution. Jonathan Swift.

    What profit is it for men now to live in heaviness, and after death to look for punishment? 2 Esdr. vii. 47.

    Wisdom that is hid, and treasure that is hoarded up, what profit is in them both? Ecclus. xx. 30.

    Say not what profit is there of my service; and what good things shall I have hereafter. Ecclus. xi. 23.

    The king did not love the barren wars with Scotland, though he made his profit of the noise of them. Francis Bacon.

  2. To Profitverb

    Etymology: profiter, Fr.

    Whereto might the strength of their hands profit me. Job.

    Let it profit thee to have heard,
    By terrible example, the reward
    Of disobedience. John Milton, Par. Lost, b. vi.

    ’Tis a great means of profiting yourself, to copy diligently excellent pieces and beautiful designs. Dryden.

  3. To Profitverb

    The Romans, though possessed of their ports, did not profit much by trade. John Arbuthnot, on Coins.

    Meditate upon these things, give thyself wholly to them, that thy profiting may appear to all. 1 Tim. iv. 15.

    She has profited so well already by your counsel, that she can say her lesson. John Dryden, Spanish Fryar.

    Oft times nothing profits more,
    Than self-esteem grounded on just and right. John Milton.

    What profited thy thoughts, and toils, and cares,
    In vigour more confirm’d, and riper years? Matthew Prior.


  1. profit

    Profit is the financial gain or monetary surplus achieved by a business or an individual after deducting all costs and expenses related to operations, investments, or transactions. It represents the amount of revenue that exceeds the total costs of goods sold, taxes, and operational expenses. Profit serves as a key indicator of the financial success and viability of a business.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Profitnoun

    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. Profitnoun

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

  3. Profitnoun

    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. Profitverb

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

  5. Profitverb

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

  6. 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  

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Profit is ranked #17182 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Profit surname appeared 1,648 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Profit.

    66.3% or 1,094 total occurrences were Black.
    29.1% or 480 total occurrences were White.
    2.4% or 41 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.7% or 29 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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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. The Democrats:

    Internal emails obtained by the committee suggest that Takata may have prioritized profit over safety by halting global safety audits for financial reasons.

  2. Dunni Oduyemi:

    The private prison model is hinged on maximizing incarceration to generate profit -- they're incentivized by convicting, sentencing, and keeping people in prison for longer and longer times, we don't think about how the privileges and resources students get access to are premised upon violence done to people by virtue of their race, class, or citizenship status.

  3. Christian Ledoux:

    That one's enough heartburn for us, believe it or not we actually have a profit in it.

  4. Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen:

    It appears that the major airlines have uniformly decided not to increase capacity - perhaps in an effort to keep ticket prices high and maintain their record profit margins, all at the expense of consumers.

  5. Markus Huber:

    We're buying the dips and when it reaches new highs we take a little bit of profit, but not too much.

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