- Often profits.
- the monetary surplus left to a producer or employer after deducting wages, rent, cost of raw materials, etc.: The company works on a small margin of profit.
- advantage; benefit; gain.
- to gain an advantage or benefit: He profited greatly from his schooling.
- to make a profit.
- to take advantage: to profit from the weaknesses of others.
- to be of service or benefit.
- to make progress.
- to be of advantage or profit to: Nothing profits one so much as a sound education.
Origin of profit
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Examples from the Web for profiting
Allowing residents to grow, smoke, and gift weed, it legalizes participating in the weed community, but not profiting from it.The Real Election Winner: Weed
November 5, 2014
Modern angst aside, those with those with specialized grooming simply seem to have a better chance of shining and profiting.Get Elected, Get Your Kids Rich: Washington Is Spoiled Rotten
February 27, 2014
The legislature of Montana enacted a new law to keep him from profiting from his own version of the story.The Ballad of Johnny France
Richard Ben Cramer
January 12, 2014
Beyond his on-screen participation, Ai gave Klayman free rein on the film and is not profiting from it.New Film Captures Ai Weiwei’s Defiance
July 27, 2012
Why they should even be profiting from such ratings is another equally troubling issue.Standard & Poor’s and Other Ratings Agencies Must End Their Power Trip
January 12, 2012
Profiting by these aids, an improved type of cable was designed.Heroes of the Telegraph
Dimly it passed through my mind that she had been profiting by her lessons lately.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
To take your life would be to deprive you of the means of profiting by this lesson.The Lion's Skin
The vigilantes themselves, profiting by the momentary diversion, got away.The Mountain Divide
Frank H. Spearman
"Yes, sir," replied Bottles quickly, profiting by Paddy's lesson.The O'Ruddy
- (often plural) excess of revenues over outlays and expenses in a business enterprise over a given period of time, usually a year
- the monetary gain derived from a transaction
- income derived from property or an investment, as contrasted with capital gains
- the ratio of this income to the investment or principal
- the income or reward accruing to a successful entrepreneur and held to be the motivating factor of all economic activity in a capitalist economy
- (as modifier)the profit motive
- a gain, benefit, or advantage
- to gain or cause to gain profit
Word Origin and History for profiting
mid-13c., "income;" c.1300, "benefit, advantage;"from Old French prufit, porfit "profit, gain" (mid-12c.), from Latin profectus "profit, advance, increase, success, progress," noun use of past participle of proficere (see proficiency). As the opposite of loss, it replaced Old English gewinn. Profit margin attested from 1853.
early 14c., "to advance, benefit, gain," from profit (n.) and from Old French prufiter, porfiter "to benefit," from prufit (see profit (n.)). Related: Profited; profiting.