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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun profit:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb profit:

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Definition of the noun profit

What does profit mean as a name of something?

Profit is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: profits

  1. the excess of revenues over outlays in a given period of time (including depreciation and other non-cash expenses)
  2. the advantageous quality of being beneficial

Alternative definition of the noun profit


  1. Total income or cash flow minus expenditures. The money or other benefit a non-governmental organization or individual receives in exchange for products and services sold at an advertised price.
  2. [dated, literary] Benefit, positive result obtained.
  3. [legal] In property law, a nonpossessory interest in land whereby a party is entitled to enter the land of another for the purpose of taking the soil or the substance of the soil (coal, oil, minerals, and in some jurisdictions timber and game).

Specialised definition of the noun profit

Glossary of finance / investment

Profit is realized as a result of successful business operations, marketing campaigns, and investment strategies. The total expenses are subtracted from the revenues to calculate it.

Definition of the verb profit

What does profit mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: profited | profiting | profits

  1. derive a benefit from
    • example: She profited from his vast experience
    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • synonyms of profit: benefit / gain
    • more generic words: acquire / get = come into the possession of something concrete or abstract
    • more specific terms:
  2. make a profit; gain money or materially


Profit was a U.S. television drama series that originally aired in 1996 on the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series was created by David Greenwalt and John McNamara, and starred Adrian Pasdar as the eponymous lead character Jim Profit. In February 2008 repeat episodes began airing on Chiller, and in October 2010 on CBS Action.


"Profit" is a musical EP of Ethan Keller.

  • released in (5 years ago)


Profit a.k.a. The Profit$ is a musical group.

  • also known as Profits, The Profits, Profit$
  • album: "Profit Over People"


  1. Profit generally is the making of gain in business activity for the benefit of the owners of the business. The word comes from Latin meaning "to make progress," is defined in two different ways, one for economics and one for accounting.
  2. Profit is an income distributed to the owner in a profitable market production process. Profit is a measure of profitability which is the owner’s major interest in income formation process of market production. There are several profit measures in common use.
  3. Profit: A profit, in the law of real property, is a nonpossessory interest in land similar to the better-known easement, which gives the holder the right to take natural resources such as petroleum, minerals, timber, and wild game from the land of another. Indeed, because of the necessity of allowing access to the land so that resources may be gathered, every profit contains an implied easement for the owner of the profit to enter the other party's land for the purpose of collecting the resources permitted by the profit.
  4. Profit is a Canadian business magazine aimed at entrepreneurs. It is published six times per year and, according to its website, focusses on "how to find opportunity and seize it", management practices, case studies and "access to peer groups".

Phrases with Profit

Phrases starting with the word Profit:

  1. profit taker
  2. profit margin
  3. Profit Monger
  4. Profit taking
  5. profit-taking
  6. profit sharing
  7. Profit warning
  8. profit and loss
  9. profit-maximising

Phrases ending with the word Profit:

  1. to profit
  2. For-Profit
  3. net profit
  4. gross profit
  5. paper profit
  6. turn a profit
  7. not-for-profit
  8. windfall profit
  9. margin of profit
  10. Accounting Profit

Other phrase containing the word Profit:

  1. non-profit-making

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Profit

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Google previewEconomics (2012)

by William Boyes, Michael Melvin

Positive economic profit is a powerful signal in the marketplace.

Economic profit refers to the difference between total revenue and the full cost of inputs. 2.

Google previewThe Soul of the Firm (2000)

by C. William Pollard

Profit is a means in God's world to be used and invested, not an end to be worshiped. Profit is a legitimate measurement of the value of our effort. It is an essential source of capital. It is a requirement for survival of the individual, the family unit, ...

Google previewEntrepreneurship (2007)

by Alan L. Carsrud, Malin E. Brännback, Malin Brännback

A viable business model requires a sound revenue model, with one objective—to be profitable. Again, according to Drucker, profit is the test of the validity of the business model or the concept. More importantly, profit is a condition of survival, ...

Google previewA Guide for Doing Business This Year

Gross Profit is the difference between Net Revenue and Cost of Goods Sold. Gross profit is the fund of dollars from which management pays all operating expenses and non-operating costs. Hopefully, gross profit also will be sufficient to return ...

Google previewEconomic Logic Fourth Edition (2013)

by Mark Skousen

As David Packard, co-founder of Hewlett-Packard, the elec- tronics company, states, “profit is the best single measure of our contribution to society and...

A higher-than-expected profit means that individuals like the products and want more.

Google previewTowards a Non-Static Theory of Profit Maximization (1990)

by Amitabha Mukherjee

Paul Samuelson, therefore, aptly remarked: "Profit is a fighting word. The capitalist way of life,

Google previewIntermediate Business (2000)

by Carol Carysforth, Mike Neild

Broadly speaking, profit is the difference between what a business has earned and what it has spent over a given period. If you owned your own business, then the profit is the amount you would be able to keep, or reinvest in the business, ...

Google previewInternational Financial Statement Analysis (2012)

by Thomas R. Robinson, Elaine Henry, Wendy L. Pirie, Michael A. Broihahn

For manufacturing and merchandising companies, gross profit is a relevant item and is calculated as revenue minus the...

Google previewBetween God and Gold (1993)

Protestant Evangelicalism and the Industrial Revolution, 1820-1914 by Robert A. Wauzzinski

Responsible profit is that surplus which helps a community attain a variety of norms simultaneously in daily life.

Google previewClimate Change and Sustainable Development (2012)

Ethical Perspectives on Land Use and Food Production : EurSAFE 2012, Tübingen, Germany, 30 May-2 June 2012 by European Society for Agricultural and Food Ethics. Congress

In a personal- egocentric worldview, Profit is the main goal because it pleases the People. Planet is often used within the limits of promoting the other P's, as becomes illustrative in ...

Google previewNail it Today With Both Hands (2013)

by Joe Cox

Higher costs mean lower profit. Lower profit means red ink mixed with black ink. When profits fall below breakeven, it is red ink from there ...

Google previewDictionary of International Business Terms (2001)

by John Owen Edward Clark

profit. and. loss. sharing. ratio. 253. product life cycle Sequence in the production and sales of a product over its lifetime, generally taken to occur in five stages: development, introduction, growth, maturity and decline. Cash flow does not ...

Google previewDictionary of International Accounting Terms (2001)

by John Owen Edward Clark

profit At its ...

Google previewThe Concise Dictionary of Business Management (2002)

by David Statt

profit Any financial gain resulting from business activity. It is basically ...

Google previewThe SAGE Dictionary of Sports Studies (2008)

by Dominic Malcolm

profit maximization in American team sports and capitalist corporations more generally, utility maximization was a term adopted by economists to explain the objectives ...

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Quotes about Profit

Kindred without friends, friends without power, power without will, will without effect, effect without profit, profit without virtue, is not worth a rush.
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The value of this 6-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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