Definition of Profit

1. Noun. The excess of revenues over outlays in a given period of time (including depreciation and other non-cash expenses).

2. Verb. Derive a benefit from. "She profited from his vast experience"
Exact synonyms: Benefit, Gain
Generic synonyms: Acquire, Get
Specialized synonyms: Cash In On, Profiteer, Capitalise, Capitalize, Take Advantage, Pyramid, Clear, Net, Sack, Sack Up
Derivative terms: Benefit, Gainer

3. Noun. The advantageous quality of being beneficial.
Exact synonyms: Gain
Generic synonyms: Advantage, Vantage
Specialized synonyms: Account, Gainfulness, Lucrativeness, Profitability, Profitableness

4. Verb. Make a profit; gain money or materially. "The company has not profited from the merger"

Definition of Profit

1. n. Acquisition beyond expenditure; excess of value received for producing, keeping, or selling, over cost; hence, pecuniary gain in any transaction or occupation; emolument; as, a profit on the sale of goods.

2. v. t. To be of service to; to be good to; to help on; to benefit; to advantage; to avail; to aid; as, truth profits all men.

3. v. i. To gain advantage; to make improvement; to improve; to gain; to advance.

Definition of Profit

1. Noun. Total income or cash flow minus expenditures. The money or other benefit a non-governmental organization or individual receives in exchange for products and services sold at an advertised price. ¹

2. Noun. (dated literary) Benefit, positive result obtained. ¹

3. Noun. (legal) In property law, a nonpossessory interest in land whereby a party is entitled to enter the land of another for the purpose of taking the soil or the substance of the soil (coal, oil, minerals, and in some jurisdictions timber and game). ¹

4. Verb. (transitive) To benefit (sb), be of use to (sb). ¹

5. Verb. (intransitive construed with '''from''') To benefit, gain. ¹

6. Verb. (intransitive construed with '''from''') To take advantage of, exploit, use. ¹

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Definition of Profit

1. to gain an advantage or benefit [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Profit

profit (current term)
profit-and-loss statement
profit and loss
profit and loss account
profit margin
profit margins
profit monger
profit sharing
profit taker
profit taking
profit takings
profit warning

Literary usage of Profit

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1919)
"profit SHARING, a method by which wage-earners receive a share of the profits ... Strictly speaking, profit sharing implies that the bonus shall be given to ..."

2. The History of the Reformation of the Church of England by Gilbert Burnet, Edward Nares (1843)
"... which maketh no let or not avail or profit any other, bat as all good • tbe General and continual Remedy, help, The Receiving thereof of one Man, ..."

3. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1918)
"The profit and loss statement must not be confused with the profit and loss account, which is a summary account in the general ledger, although in its more ..."

4. Sunset by Southern Pacific Company. Passenger Dept, Southern Pacific Company (1912)
"PHILANTHROPY FOR profit By RH BROTHERTON WOULD there be more philanthropists ... Capital usually seeks profit at the expense of mankind rather than with a ..."

5. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1918)
"The average cost of production and the net profit per acre as estimated by this authority are as follows: Virginia, cost $50, profit $39.75; North Carolina, ..."

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