Definition of Turn a profit

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

Exact synonyms: Profit
Specialized synonyms: Line One's Pockets, Turn A Nice Dime, Turn A Nice Dollar, Turn A Nice Penny, Clean Up
Generic synonyms: Bring In, Clear, Earn, Gain, Make, Pull In, Realise, Realize, Take In
Antonyms: Break Even, Lose
Derivative terms: Profit

Definition of Turn a profit

1. Verb. (idiomatic) To obtain profit from an investment. ¹

2. Verb. (idiomatic by extension) To gain money or to gain materially. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Turn A Profit

turn a blind eye
turn a corner
turn a deaf ear
turn a hair
turn a loss
turn a new leaf
turn a nice dime
turn a nice dollar
turn a nice penny
turn a phrase
turn a profit (current term)
turn about
turn against
turn and bank indicator
turn around
turn arounds
turn away
turn back
turn back the clock
turn down
turn down ratio
turn flukes
turn heads

Literary usage of Turn a profit

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

1. Rape for Profit: Trafficking of Nepali Girls and Women to India's Brothels by Human Rights Watch/Asia, Human Rights Watch (Organization, Human Rights Watch (Organization) (1995)
"... one of the ways health organizations in Bombay attempt to convince local brothel owners to use condoms is to appeal to their desire to turn a profit. ..."

2. Non-Profit Housing Development in Hawaii by Peter G. Panet (1995)
"Non-profits can acquire and rehabilitate old, or develop new, housing that is otherwise too expensive for a for-profit to turn a profit on from market rents ..."

3. The Telecommunications Challenge: Changing Technologies and Evolving by Charles W. Wessner (2006)
"... hardware business at all and therefore drew no benefit if its works promoted the sale of iPods or stereos—yet it still had, somehow, to turn a profit. ..."

4. How to Run a Store by Harold Whitehead (1921)
"This item might easily turn a profit into a loss— and thus seriously depress the sale price of his business. SALARIES. Salaries include all money spent for ..."

5. Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine (1827)
"... for the use of the ground, by him who thinks he can turn a profit out of the land by the employment of his capital, his industry, skill, and labour. ..."

6. The King of the Alley: William Duer, Politician, Entrepreneur, and by Robert Francis Jones (1992)
"It is difficult otherwise to explain his attempt to get the distillery in Poughkeepsie to turn a profit. There was a change, but it was not in the accounts. ..."

7. Money in Its Relations to Trade and Industry by Francis Amasa Walker (1879)
"They are calculated to such an extent of fineness- that the change of a decimal may be fatal, and may turn a profit into a loss. ..."

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