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.
advantage; benefit; gain:[uncountable]What profit is there in honesty?
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?
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
(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.