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profit

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noun, often attributive prof·it \ˈprä-fət\

Definition of profit

  1. 1 :  a valuable return :  gain

  2. 2 :  the excess of returns over expenditure in a transaction or series of transactions; especially :  the excess of the selling price of goods over their cost

  3. 3 :  net income usually for a given period of time

  4. 4 :  the ratio of profit for a given year to the amount of capital invested or to the value of sales

  5. 5 :  the compensation accruing to entrepreneurs for the assumption of risk in business enterprise as distinguished from wages or rent

profitless

play \-ləs\ adjective

profitwise

play \-ˌwīz\ adverb

Examples of profit in a sentence

  1. The company made a profit this year.

  2. Profits are up from last year.

  3. There was a rise in profits this year.

  4. The profits from CD sales were donated to charity.

  5. The organization is not run for profit.

  6. The film made $1,000,000 in profit.

  7. The book can be read with profit by anyone who wants to understand how the system works.

Origin and Etymology of profit

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin profectus advance, profit, from proficere


First Known Use: 14th century


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profit

verb prof·it

Definition of profit

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to be of service or advantage :  avail

  3. 2 :  to derive benefit :  gain

  4. 3 :  to make a profit

  5. transitive verb
  6. :  to be of service to :  benefit

Examples of profit in a sentence

  1. It would profit him to take some computer classes.

  2. The company has profited by selling its products online.

  3. He profited greatly from his investments.

  4. The island profits from tourism.

14th Century

First Known Use of profit

14th century



PROFIT Defined for English Language Learners

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profit

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noun, often attributive prof·it \ˈprä-fət\

Definition of profit for English Language Learners

  • : money that is made in a business, through investing, etc., after all the costs and expenses are paid : a financial gain

  • : the advantage or benefit that is gained from doing something


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profit

verb prof·it

Definition of profit for English Language Learners

  • : to get an advantage or benefit from something

  • : to be an advantage to (someone) : to help (someone)

  • : to earn or get money by or from something


PROFIT Defined for Kids

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profit

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noun prof·it \ˈprä-fət\

Definition of profit for Students

  1. 1 :  the gain after all the expenses are subtracted from the total amount received <Their business shows a profit of $100 a week.>

  2. 2 :  the gain or benefit from something <She began to see the profit of exercising.>

profitless

\-ləs\ adjective

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profit

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verb prof·it

Definition of profit for Students

profited

profiting

  1. 1 :  to get some good out of something :  gain <You'll profit from the experience.>

  2. 2 :  to be of use to (someone) <The agreement profited us all.>


Law Dictionary

profit

noun prof·it

Legal Definition of profit

  1. 1 :  gain in excess of expenditures: as a :  the excess of the selling price of goods over their cost b :  net income from a business, investment, or capital appreciation — compare earnings, loss

  2. 2 :  a benefit or advantage from the use of property



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