Return to profit (definition)

Pro"fit (?), n. [F., fr. L. profectus advance, progress, profit, fr. profectum. See Proficient.]

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.

 

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Prof"it, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Profited; p. pr. & vb. n. Profiting.] [F. profiter. See Profit, n.]

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.

 

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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.

 

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