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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
1. To make a gain or profit.
2. To derive advantage; benefit: profiting from the other team's mistakes.
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
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I was already aware that in the whaling business they paid no wages; but all hands, including the captain, received certain shares of the profits called lays, and that these lays were proportioned to the degree of importance pertaining to the respective duties of the ship's company.
And so you return to your daily round of toil, you go back to be ground up for profits in the world-wide mill of economic might
If the profits has turned out to be none, lackin' considable, and none to carry, is it my fault any more'n it's yourn?
What are you going to do with the magnificent profits you get from this business?
Miss Hawkins was the youngest of the two daughters of a Bristol merchant, of course, he must be called; but, as the whole of the profits of his mercantile life appeared so very moderate, it was not unfair to guess the dignity of his line of trade had been very moderate also.
I left my share in the profits untouched, and I possess a pecuniary interest in our establishment to this day.
I am not certain whether I found out then, or afterwards, that, without being actively concerned in any business, he had some share in, or some annual charge upon the profits of, a wine-merchant's house in London, with which his family had been connected from his great-grandfather's time, and in which his sister had a similar interest; but I may mention it in this place, whether or no.
Now it appeared to him (Pumblechook) that if that capital were got into the business, through a sleeping partner, sir - which sleeping partner would have nothing to do but walk in, by self or deputy, whenever he pleased, and examine the books - and walk in twice a year and take his profits away in his pocket, to the tune of fifty per cent.
fair no doubt, and worthy well Thy cherishing, thy honouring, and thy love, Not thy subjection: weigh with her thy self; Then value: Oft times nothing profits more Then self-esteem, grounded on just and right Well manag'd; of that skill the more thou know'st, The more she will acknowledge thee her Head, And to realities yeild all her shows; Made so adorn for thy delight the more, So awful, that with honour thou maist love Thy mate, who sees when thou art seen least wise.
Yet the passive courage inspired by the love of gain, induced the Jews to dare the various evils to which they were subjected, in consideration of the immense profits which they were enabled to realize in a country naturally so wealthy as England.
At Cambridge they taught me that his profits were the reward of abstinence--the abstinence which enabled him to save.
To say what the net profits have been, to the entire body of people who have invested money in the telephone, will always be more or less of a guess.