verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- profile component,
- profile drag,
- profit and loss,
- profit and loss account,
- profit center,
- profit centre,
- profit margin
Origin of profit
Examples from the Web for profit
Together, the teams are working 24 hours a day for a product that promises much higher risk than it does profit.
She is using this technique, which generations of African-Americans have used for survival, for fame and profit.
Marx forecast that the profit motive would lead to overworking and exhausting the fertility of our soil and other natural systems.
Last year, Jet Blue made a profit of $168 million, $40 million more than the previous year.
They have to fill every seat—in most cases the profit comes in only the final three rows of seats.
As we plodded along he talked about his cattle ranch, the price of cattle, and what profit he had made that year.The Burglar's Fate And The Detectives|Allan Pinkerton
The old Fleming found, no doubt, both pleasure and profit in lending himself to the capricious pleasures of his royal client.Maitre Cornelius|Honore de Balzac
The annual balance sheet, however, would show the percentage of profit to the total outlay.
Between you and me, he swindled them, and beat us for 'extra' profit.Scamping Tricks and Odd Knowledge|John Newman
So long as any profit exists, the State has a right to tax it; unjustly it may be, and partially, but still the title is there.
- 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
Word Origin for profit
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.