1. 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. --Rambler.
2. Accession of good; valuable results; useful consequences; benefit; avail; gain; as, an office of profit,
This I speak for your own profit. --1 Cor. vii. 35.
If you dare do yourself a profit and a right. --Shak.
Syn: -- Benefit; avail; service; improvement; advancement; gain; emolument.
Prof·it, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Profited; p. pr. & vb. n. Profiting.] 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. --Heb. iv. 2.
It is a great means of profiting yourself, to copy diligently excellent pieces and beautiful designs. --Dryden.
Prof·it, v. i.
1. To gain advantage; to make improvement; to improve; to gain; to advance.
I profit not by thy talk. --Shak.
2. To be of use or advantage; to do or bring good.
Riches profit not in the day of wrath. --Prov. xi. 4.
n 1: the excess of revenues over outlays in a given period of
time (including depreciation and other non-cash
expenses) [syn: net income, net, net profit, lucre,
2: the advantageous quality of being beneficial [syn: gain]
v 1: derive a benefit from; "She profited from his vast
experience" [syn: gain, benefit]
2: make a profit; gain money or materially; "The company has
not profited from the merger" [syn: turn a profit] [ant:
lose, break even]