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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
prof•it /ˈprɑfɪt/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. BusinessOften,  profits. [plural] money gained, as from a business or transaction, after deducting all relevant costs: [countable]Profits were up this year.[uncountable]to maximize profit and minimize loss.
  2. advantage;
    benefit;
    gain:[uncountable]What profit is there in honesty?

v. 
  1. to gain an advantage or benefit: [no object]to profit from good fortune.[+ object]What does it profit a man to gain the world, only to lose his soul?

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
prof•it  (profit),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Often,  profits. 
    • pecuniary gain resulting from the employment of capital in any transaction. Cf.  gross profit, net profit. 
    • the ratio of such pecuniary gain to the amount of capital invested.
    • returns, proceeds, or revenue, as from property or investments.
  2. the monetary surplus left to a producer or employer after deducting wages, rent, cost of raw materials, etc.:The company works on a small margin of profit.
  3. advantage;
    benefit;
    gain.

v.i. 
  1. to gain an advantage or benefit:He profited greatly from his schooling.
  2. to make a profit.
  3. to take advantage:to profit from the weaknesses of others.
  4. to be of service or benefit.
  5. to make progress.

v.t. 
  1. to be of advantage or profit to:Nothing profits one so much as a sound education.
profit•er, n. 
profit•less, adj. 
profit•less•ly, adv. 
profit•less•ness, n. 
  • Latin prōfectus progress, profit, equivalent. to prō- pro-1 + -fec-, combining form of facere to make, do1 + -tus suffix of verb, verbal action; (verb, verbal) Middle English profiten, derivative of the noun, nominal
  • Middle French
  • (noun, nominal) Middle English 1250–1300
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged return.
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged net income.
    • 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged good, welfare, advancement, improvement. See  advantage. 
    • 4, 9.See corresponding entry in Unabridged advance, improve.
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged loss.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
profit /ˈprɒfɪt/ n
  1. (often plural) excess of revenues over outlays and expenses in a business enterprise over a given period of time, usually a year
  2. the monetary gain derived from a transaction
  3. income derived from property or an investment, as contrasted with capital gains
  4. the income or reward accruing to a successful entrepreneur and held to be the motivating factor of all economic activity in a capitalist economy
  5. (as modifier): the profit motive
  6. a gain, benefit, or advantage
vb
  1. to gain or cause to gain profit
Etymology: 14th Century: from Latin prōfectus advance, from prōficere to make progress; see proficient

ˈprofitless adj
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Collocations: profit from your [products, services], a [large, small, big, narrow, slight, huge, massive] profit, a [non, not for] profit organization, more...

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