• WordNet 3.6
    • v profit make a profit; gain money or materially "The company has not profited from the merger"
    • v profit derive a benefit from "She profited from his vast experience"
    • n profit the advantageous quality of being beneficial
    • n profit the excess of revenues over outlays in a given period of time (including depreciation and other non-cash expenses)
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The Profiteer The Profiteer
The Profiteer’s Cigar The Profiteer’s Cigar

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Forty percent of McDonald's profits comes from the sale of Happy Meals.
    • Profit Accession of good; valuable results; useful consequences; benefit; avail; gain; as, an office of profit, "This I speak for your own profit .""If you dare do yourself a profit and a right."
    • Profit 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. "Let no man anticipate uncertain profits ."
    • v. t Profit 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. "The word preached did not profit them .""It is a great means of profiting yourself, to copy diligently excellent pieces and beautiful designs."
    • Profit To be of use or advantage; to do or bring good. "Riches profit not in the day of wrath."
    • Profit To gain advantage; to make improvement; to improve; to gain; to advance. "I profit not by thy talk."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Studebaker was the only major car company to stop manufacturing cars while making a profit on them.
    • n profit Advancement; improvement.
    • n profit Any advantage; accession of good from labor or exertion; the acquisition of anything valuable, corporeal or intellectual, temporal or spiritual.
    • n profit Specifically, the advantage or gain resulting to the owner of capital from its employment in any undertaking; the excess of the selling price over the original cost of anything; acquisition beyond expenditure; pecuniary gain in any action or occupation; gain; emolument: in commerce commonly used in the plural. As used in political economy, profit means what is left of the product of industry after deducting the wages, the price of raw materials, and the rent paid in the production, and is considered as being composed of three parts — interest, risk or insurance, and wages of superintendence. Profits in the law of real property designate rights of taking something off or out of the land. as, for instance, the right of common, as distinguished from casements, such as ways and access of air and light, which do not involve taking anything from the land.
    • n profit Synonyms Benefit, Utility, etc. (see advantage), service, welfare, behalf, behoof, weal, good.
    • n profit Revenue, etc. (see income), return, avails.
    • profit To benefit; advantage; be of service to; help on; improve; advance.
    • profit To make improvement; improve; grow better; make progress, intellectually or morally: as, to profit by reading or by experience.
    • profit To gain in a material sense; become better off or richer: as, to profit by trade or manufactures.
    • profit To be of use or advantage; bring good.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Douglas DC-3 passenger airplane was the first to make a profit carrying people.
    • n Profit prof′it gain: the gain resulting from the employment of capital: the difference between the selling price and the first cost: advantage: addition to good or value: benefit: improvement
    • v.t Profit to benefit or to be of advantage to: to improve
    • v.i Profit to gain advantage: to receive profit: to improve: to be of advantage: to bring good
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  • John Churton Collins
    John Churton Collins
    “To profit from good advice requires more wisdom than to give it.”
  • Francois De La Rochefoucauld
    “We give advice, but we cannot give the wisdom to profit by it.”
  • Publilius Syrus
    “Many receive advice, only the wise profit from it.”
  • Bernard M. Baruch
    “Nobody ever lost money taking a profit.”
  • Seneca
    “He has committed the crime who profits by it.”
  • Robert Bolt
    Robert Bolt
    “It profits a man nothing to give his soul for the whole world... but for Wales!”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. L. profectus, advance, progress, profit, fr. profectum,. See Proficient


In literature:

Those who do sell and make 200% or 300% profit in a very short time are almost sure to lose it all in an effort to repeat the transaction.
"Successful Stock Speculation" by John James Butler
The captain profited by this respite.
"The Conspirators" by Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
As is often the case in business, a moderate rate has been accompanied by higher profit.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 3" by Various
The ultimate distributive question to be met is the division of the product between profit and wages.
"The Settlement of Wage Disputes" by Herbert Feis
Such a ship would make a clear profit of from $30,000 to $100,000 in a single voyage.
"The American Empire" by Scott Nearing
It won't be large, but it will be a profit.
"Making People Happy" by Thompson Buchanan
The Indian Bureau, in particular, profited by the new policy.
"The New Nation" by Frederic L. Paxson
Thus, the ungodly always think that their cruelty will profit them in some way.
"Commentary on Genesis, Vol. II" by Martin Luther
It will profit you as little as it profits the Jews to be Abraham's seed and disciples of Moses.
"Epistle Sermons, Vol. II" by Martin Luther
Less profitable for the latter was the possession of their American colonies.
"The Railroad Question" by William Larrabee

In poetry:

They have to stand about in mud
And cold fit for despair,
But I have made a ruddy pile
From profits on hot air.
"Alf’s Eleventh Bit" by Ezra Pound
She was so proud: she would not hide.
She only laughed and tried to sing.
But singing, in her song she died.
She did not profit anything.
"For All Ladies Of Shalott" by Aline Murray Kilmer
If some could be taken away,
That hide part of your worth from the view;
The conquest perhaps would be ours,
But the profit is wholly to you.
"To A Young Gentleman" by Matilda Betham
If but some vengeful god would call to me
From up the sky, and laugh: "Thou suffering thing,
Know that thy sorrow is my ecstasy,
That thy love's loss is my hate's profiting!"
"Hap" by Thomas Hardy
Before we die, and shall from hence be gone,
It is that heav'n is either lost, or won —
The simple sot, when dead, no profit gains,
Since nought, but judgement, for him then remains.
"That It Is In Vain To Pray For The Dead" by Rees Prichard
I said of laughter: it is vain.
Of mirth I said: what profits it?
Therefore I found a book, and writ
Therein how ease and also pain,
How health and sickness, every one
Is vanity beneath the sun.
"A Testimony" by Christina Georgina Rossetti

In news:

Baruch Singer has already made a healthy profit on one of the Hudson Yards properties he purchased last year.
Peter Loescher, chief executive officer of Siemens AG, discusses the company's fiscal fourth-quarter profit reported today and 2012 business outlook.
Gold Ends Weaker in Subdued Trading, on Profit Taking, Bearish Outside Markets.
Gold Weaker on Profit Taking and amid Bearish Outside Market Forces.
Beef cattle prices have been high for the past five years, but so have input costs like corn and diesel, and when input costs are high, beef operations are less profitable, and that causes producers to cut back.
Five percent of all the profits from retail sales and spa services on Thursday, Friday and Saturday will go directly to the bakery.
Revenue Up 3 Percent, Profit Steady at Germany's Splendid Medien.
MARQUETTE, MI – ( Great Lakes Radio News ) – The Beacon House, a non-profit hospitality home in Marquette, MI for families of patients of area hospitals, is holding a unique fundraiser on Saturday, August 11th.
Fujio Mitarai has turned his Japanese camera company into a profit engine.
Fujio Mitarai has turned his camera company into a profit engine.
Q A competitor is interested in buying my one-year-old company, which should be profitable in April.
Grape growing must be profitable, regardless of the pest management style.
Sales and profits plunge at RIM.
The rating upgrade reflects "two years of significant improvement to operating profitability, driven in part by strong growth in volume trends," according to Moody's, the leading bond rating service.
Censoring Profits at China's Take on Twitter.

In science:

However, the author himself admits in his introduction that the PL profitability debate is far from settled.
Is There Statistical Evidence that the Oregon Payday-Loan Rate Cap Hurts Consumers?
These two pieces of evidence indicate that the PLI operates quite far above its lower profitability bound.
Is There Statistical Evidence that the Oregon Payday-Loan Rate Cap Hurts Consumers?
Ross, “ Can Internet Video-on-Demand be Profitable” .
Architecture for Cooperative Prefetching in P2P Video-on- Demand System
Note that the values of the above profit and loss functions L represent outcomes with the natural preference relation on them (“the bigger the profit, the better ”) that coi ncides with the order of real numbers.
Price as a matter of choice and nonstochastic randomness
What is, probably, more important, the buyer and the seller may have very different asset-liability and financing constraints, resulting in diversity of the profit and loss functions L.
Price as a matter of choice and nonstochastic randomness