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

Examples of for-profit in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sutton has a bachelor’s degree in health care management from a for-profit college. Roxana Popescu, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 June 2024 Advertisement While Gold House Ventures is a for-profit initiative for its investors, management fees and a percentage of profits are funneled back to the nonprofit. Jaimie Ding, Los Angeles Times, 9 June 2024 The form has a QR code that links to a website for a for-profit entity called POWER that was founded by Villars. Shari Wald Garrett, Miami Herald, 2 June 2024 Having withheld comment when the Washington Post first published that claim half a year ago, Graham now says YC merely gave Altman the choice between running YC and running OpenAI, once the latter company launched its for-profit subsidiary with Altman as CEO. Amanda Gerut, Fortune, 31 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for for-profit 

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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 19 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


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