Definition of profit in English:

profit

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Pronunciation: /ˈprɒfɪt
 
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noun

  • 1A financial gain, especially the difference between the amount earned and the amount spent in buying, operating, or producing something: record pre-tax profits [mass noun]: his eyes brightened at the prospect of profit
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    • Since most do not operate to earn profits, these enterprises do not pay dividends to shareholders.
    • Non-residents are only taxed on income or profits earned from Irish sources.
    • If their reversal generates excessive exchange rate movements they are able to earn large profits.
    Synonyms
    financial gain, gain, return(s), payback, dividend, interest, yield, surplus, excess; gross profit, net profit, operating profit; North American take
    informal killing, pay dirt, bottom line
    British informal bunce

verb (profits, profiting, profited)

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  • 1Obtain a financial advantage or benefit: the only people to profit from the episode were the lawyers
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    • CEOs or other officers should not be allowed to profit from erroneous financial statements.
    • They exist to serve rather than to profit from people's financial needs or indeed to support what is ultimately unsustainable spending.
    • If you really want to stop it, you follow the trail of dollars and go after the money bosses who finance and profit from the ring.
    Synonyms
    make money, make a killing, make a profit
    informal rake it in, clean up, make a packet, make a bundle, line one's pockets
    North American informal make big bucks, make a fast/quick buck
  • 1.1Obtain an advantage or benefit: not all children would profit from this kind of schooling
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    • Particularly in the joint and coalition arenas, we can profit from the beneficial insight that historical analysis provides.
    • Raff became Liszt's musical assistant for six years, profiting greatly.
    • Also, I think they could profit enormously from Amy Welborn's common sense perspective.
    Synonyms
    benefit from, take advantage of, obtain an advantage from, derive benefit from, reap the benefit of, capitalize on, make the most of, turn to one's advantage, put to good use, do well out of, utilize, exploit, make capital out of, maximize, gain from
    informal cash in on, milk
  • 1.2 [with object] Be beneficial to: it would profit us to change our plans
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    • Putting those outlets in fewer and bigger hands profits the few at the cost of the many.
    • Not only is it profitable for Living Earth but it is also profiting our environment.
    • The rest of us, if we obey these laws as justice requires, are simply profiting the rulers.
    Synonyms
    benefit, be beneficial to, be of benefit to, be advantageous to, be of advantage to, be of use to, be of value to, do someone good, help, be helpful to, be of service to, serve, assist, aid, stand someone in good stead, further the interests of, advance, promote

Phrases

at a profit

Making more money than is spent buying, operating, or producing something: doing up houses and selling them at a profit
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  • The pre-school is not a business, but a registered charity, unable to operate at a profit, forbidden to do so under laws governing charities.
  • The management told us before Christmas that we were a little down on the projected budget in the three months to December but the company was still operating at a profit.
  • It has the largest number of trains, stations, and long distance travellers, and it operates at a profit.

Origin

Middle English (in the sense 'advantage, benefit'): from Old French, from Latin profectus 'progress, profit', from proficere 'to advance', from pro- 'on behalf of' + facere 'do'. The verb is from Old French profiter.

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