[ prof-it ]
/ ˈprɒf ɪt /


verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)

to be of advantage or profit to: Nothing profits one so much as a sound education.

Nearby words

  1. profile component,
  2. profile drag,
  3. profiler,
  4. profiling,
  5. profilometer,
  6. profit and loss,
  7. profit and loss account,
  8. profit center,
  9. profit centre,
  10. profit margin

Origin of profit

1250–1300; (noun) Middle English < Middle French < Latin prōfectus progress, profit, equivalent to prō- pro-1 + -fec-, combining form of facere to make, do1 + -tus suffix of v. action; (v.) Middle English profiten, derivative of the noun

Related forms
Can be confusedprofit prophet

Synonym study

3. See advantage. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for profit

British Dictionary definitions for profit


/ (ˈprɒfɪt) /


(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
  1. income derived from property or an investment, as contrasted with capital gains
  2. the ratio of this income to the investment or principal
  1. the income or reward accruing to a successful entrepreneur and held to be the motivating factor of all economic activity in a capitalist economy
  2. (as modifier)the profit motive
a gain, benefit, or advantage


to gain or cause to gain profit
Derived Formsprofiter, nounprofitless, adjective

Word Origin for profit

C14: from Latin prōfectus advance, from prōficere to make progress; see proficient

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Word Origin and History for profit
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