verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)

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

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 formsprof·it·er, nounprof·it·less, adjectiveprof·it·less·ly, adverbprof·it·less·ness, nounpro·prof·it, adjectiveself-prof·it, nounun·prof·it·ed, adjectiveun·prof·it·ing, adjective
Can be confusedprofit prophet

Synonyms for profit

Synonym study

3. See advantage.

Antonyms for profit

1. loss. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for profiting

Contemporary Examples of profiting

Historical Examples of profiting

  • Profiting by these aids, an improved type of cable was designed.

  • 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

    Rafael Sabatini

  • 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

    Stephen Crane

British Dictionary definitions for profiting



(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 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.

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