Adjective "profit" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


A financial gain, especially the difference between the amount earned and the amount spent in buying, operating, or producing something.
  1. mass noun 'his eyes brightened at the prospect of profit'
  2. 'Chinese farmers hope to earn big profits selling fox pelts into the Russian and Chinese markets.'
  3. 'Since most do not operate to earn profits, these enterprises do not pay dividends to shareholders.'
  4. 'It might place a cap on prices if it seems that mobile phone operators are making huge profits at the expense of the customer.'
  5. 'Industry special interests always have lobbyists pushing to maximize short-term profits at the expense of the environment.'
  6. 'While full-year pre-tax profits were flat at £600m, the company's recent performance warrants some optimism.'
  7. 'In the same period, after-tax corporate profits rose by 41.2 per cent.'
  8. 'They are joint-stock organizations whose principal purpose is to maximize profits for their shareholders.'
  9. 'Firms that operate in imperfectly competitive markets may earn economic profits.'
  10. 'In return, community members were told, local people could reap far greater profits from sustainable sale of wool.'
  11. 'After all, hardware gets faster, storage gets bigger, and profits soar higher.'
Advantage; benefit.


    Obtain a financial advantage or benefit.
    1. 'There is no suggestion that any British MPs profited personally or knew about the alleged corruption.'
    2. 'Ironically, the king and his subjects profited financially from the trade as their kingdom crumbled beneath them.'
    3. 'Having missed out on the housing boom, I'd like to profit from the coming bust.'
    4. 'Generally, the goal of the financial entrepreneur was to profit through growth and building enterprise value.'
    5. 'CEOs or other officers should not be allowed to profit from erroneous financial statements.'
    6. 'Virtually everyone endeavors to profit from the insurance boom.'
    7. 'Financial spread betting allows investors to profit from falling as well as rising markets and investors can trade by telephone or online.'
    8. 'Despite assurances from major financial institutions that they would not seek to profit from the situation, there were growing concerns this morning that the Dow Jones would fall on opening.'
    9. 'The U.S. economy as a whole continues to profit from burgeoning agricultural exports.'
    10. 'They exist to serve rather than to profit from people's financial needs or indeed to support what is ultimately unsustainable spending.'
    11. 'not all children would profit from this kind of schooling'
    12. 'Raff became Liszt's musical assistant for six years, profiting greatly.'
    13. 'Particularly in the joint and coalition arenas, we can profit from the beneficial insight that historical analysis provides.'
    14. 'Certain government departments are clearly using their control of government policy to profit themselves via nominated private business.'
    15. 'Not only is it profitable for Living Earth but it is also profiting our environment.'
    16. '‘But this is a very important project for our country, and it would profit everyone involved,’ he insists.'

    More definitions

    1. Often, profits. pecuniary gain resulting from the employment of capital in any transaction.Compare 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. verb (used without object)

    More examples(as adjective)

    "strengths can be profit at companies."

    "groups can be profit."

    "organisations can be profit."

    "organizations can be profit."

    "makings can be profit."

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    Middle English (in the sense ‘advantage, benefit’): from Old French, from Latin profectus ‘progress, profit’, from proficere ‘to advance’, from pro- ‘on behalf of’ + facere ‘do’. The verb is from Old French profiter.


    at a profit