- 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 profit
Together, the teams are working 24 hours a day for a product that promises much higher risk than it does profit.The Race for the Ebola Vaccine
January 7, 2015
She is using this technique, which generations of African-Americans have used for survival, for fame and profit.The Cultural Crimes of Iggy Azalea
December 29, 2014
Marx forecast that the profit motive would lead to overworking and exhausting the fertility of our soil and other natural systems.American Democracy Under Threat for 250 Years
December 28, 2014
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.
Barry must die; but what shall I profit by killing him if I kill this woman also?Ridgeway
For God's sake let us profit by this advantage, and increase our distance from the enemy.The Last of the Mohicans
James Fenimore Cooper
That which sternly impels us in the direction of profit, along the line of desire.The Devil's Dictionary
We felt, dimly, as if we had had a "warning," and did not yet know how to profit by it.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
The profit of the master is the great end of the slave's existence.The Works of Whittier, Volume VII (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
- (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 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.