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prof·it

 (prŏf′ĭt)
n.
1. An advantageous gain or return; benefit.
2. Financial gain from a transaction or from a period of investment or business activity, usually calculated as income in excess of costs or as the final value of an asset in excess of its initial value.
v. prof·it·ed, prof·it·ing, prof·its
v.intr.
1. To make a gain or profit.
2. To derive advantage; benefit: profiting from the other team's mistakes.
v.tr.
To be beneficial to: What has all this time in school profited you?

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin prōfectus, from past participle of prōficere, make progress, to profit : prō-, forward; see pro-1 + facere, to make; see dhē- in Indo-European roots.]

prof′it·less adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.profits - the excess of revenues over outlays in a given period of time (including depreciation and other non-cash expenses)profits - the excess of revenues over outlays in a given period of time (including depreciation and other non-cash expenses)
income - the financial gain (earned or unearned) accruing over a given period of time
earning per share - the portion of a company's profit allocated to each outstanding share of common stock
windfall profit - profit that occurs unexpectedly as a consequence of some event not controlled by those who profit from it
cleanup, killing - a very large profit
fast buck, quick buck - quick or easy earnings, "they are traders out to make a fast buck"
filthy lucre - shameful profit; "he would sell his soul for filthy lucre"
gross profit, gross profit margin, margin - (finance) the net sales minus the cost of goods and services sold
share, percentage, portion, part - assets belonging to or due to or contributed by an individual person or group; "he wanted his share in cash"
markup - the amount added to the cost to determine the asking price
accumulation - (finance) profits that are not paid out as dividends but are added to the capital base of the corporation
dividend - that part of the earnings of a corporation that is distributed to its shareholders; usually paid quarterly
2.profits - something won (especially money)profits - something won (especially money)  
financial gain - the amount of monetary gain
References in classic literature ?
He confessed that he never made any profits out of his quarry, and this, in spite of the enormous volume of business that had been caused by the destruction of San Francisco by the big earthquake.
The profits of myself and partners were small; we were in advance of the tastes of the age, and in debt to the bottle merchant.
Money then being established as the necessary medium of exchange, another species of money-getting spon took place, namely, by buying and selling, at probably first in a simple manner, afterwards with more skill and experience, where and how the greatest profits might be made.
The agreement as to the sharing of the profits was drawn up, it is true, by me, but at that time he made no word of complaint.
His profits in business could never have averaged less than five hundred per cent; and, to do him justice, he was really a generous as well as a rich master.
In this he sent a cargo of sandal-wood to Canton, having discovered that the foreign merchants trading with him made large profits on this wood, shipped by them from the islands to the Chinese markets.
It is true, speedy profit is not to be neglected, as far as may stand with the good of the plantation, but no further.
I shall soon become a large fish fit for the tables of the rich, and then you can catch me again, and make a handsome profit of me.
Bumble,' he said at length, 'there's no denying that, since the new system of feeding has come in, the coffins are something narrower and more shallow than they used to be; but we must have some profit, Mr.
When the Circling Brothers' big three-ring show on a hard winter went into the hands of the receivers, he boarded the menagerie and the horses and in three months turned a profit of fifteen thousand dollars.
A JUDGE having sentenced a Malefactor to the penitentiary was proceeding to point out to him the disadvantages of crime and the profit of reformation.
Perhaps this is ordered by Providence, that those who have no right to them may profit by them, in that divine contempt of such profit which Providence so often shows.