Definition of "profit" []

  • An advantageous gain or return; benefit. (noun)
  • The return received on a business undertaking after all operating expenses have been met. (noun)
  • The return received on an investment after all charges have been paid. Often used in the plural. (noun)
  • The rate of increase in the net worth of a business enterprise in a given accounting period. (noun)
  • Income received from investments or property. (noun)
  • Excess of revenues over outlays and expenses in a business enterprise over a given period of time, usually a year (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • The monetary gain derived from a transaction (noun)
  • Income derived from property or an investment, as contrasted with capital gains (noun)
  • The ratio of this income to the investment or principal (noun)
  • The income or reward accruing to a successful entrepreneur and held to be the motivating factor of all economic activity in a capitalist economy (noun)
  • (as modifier) (noun)
  • A gain, benefit, or advantage (noun)
  • To gain or cause to gain profit (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "profit" in a sentence
  • "Ford made a pre-tax profit* in each of its operating regions, but the news was especially encouraging in North America, where it recorded an operating profit of $1.2 billion, a $3.2 billion improvement from a year ago."
  • "It all boils down to ratings/commercial ad rates which - as is the case with the for-profit health industy - means profit$."
  • "If the state averages $100,000,000 in profit from the stores per year, what does it matter if it gets $100,000,000 from the stores or from a special sales tax on booze sold by private individuals that balances out to $100,000,000?"