for-prof·​it ˈfȯr-ˈprä-fət How to pronounce for-profit (audio)
: established, maintained, or conducted for the purpose of making a profit
for-profit businesses

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web That’s compared to about $17,000 in average tuition at private non-profit universities and about $12,000 at private for-profit schools. Rebecca Griesbach | , al, 13 Mar. 2023 Will football and basketball somehow split off into just-for-profit enterprises, leaving nonrevenue sports behind? Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, 12 Mar. 2023 Courtesy the Goodridge family Diamond Ranch Academy, a for-profit program, is one of a number of out-of-state facilities certified by the California and Washington education departments for placing special needs children. Tyler Kingkade, NBC News, 10 Mar. 2023 Like our page to get updates throughout the day on our latest debunks Our rating: False The statute in question does not say the U.S. is a private, for-profit corporation, according to legal experts. Molly Stellino, USA TODAY, 9 Mar. 2023 Dark money is a sweeping term for nonprofit and for-profit organizations that can accept unlimited political contributions without disclosing their donors. Jessie Balmert, The Enquirer, 6 Mar. 2023 Economists, social-impact strategists, and social entrepreneurs spent the last year studying the for-profit real estate development industry, trying to understand the stark representation crisis. Colette Coleman, New York Times, 3 Mar. 2023 See here for more information about the application process and eligibility requirements. EXECUTIVE NEWS Common Sense Networks, the for-profit affiliate of Common Sense Media, announced the formation of its first board. Charna Flam, Variety, 3 Mar. 2023 Nonprofit and for-profit developers shared fears that excessive regulation could impair funding for future projects, but even some of those developers agreed that the county should act to stop extreme examples of landlords excessively raising rents. Katie Shepherd, Washington Post, 2 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1939, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of for-profit was in 1939

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“For-profit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


: existing or carried on for the purpose of making a profit
for-profit business
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