Often, profits.
pecuniary gain resulting from the employment of capital in any transaction. Compare gross profit, net profit.
the ratio of such pecuniary gain to the amount of capital invested.
returns, proceeds, or revenue, as from property or investments.
the monetary surplus left to a producer or employer after deducting wages, rent, cost of raw materials, etc.: The company works on a small margin of profit.
advantage; benefit; gain.
verb (used without object)
to gain an advantage or benefit: He profited greatly from his schooling.
to make a profit.
to take advantage: to profit from the weaknesses of others.
to be of service or benefit.
to make progress.
verb (used with object)
to be of advantage or profit to: Nothing profits one so much as a sound education.

1250–1300; (noun) Middle English < Middle French < Latin prōfectus progress, profit, equivalent to prō- pro-1 + -fec-, combining form of facere to make, do1 + -tus suffix of v. action; (v.) Middle English profiten, derivative of the noun

profiter, noun
profitless, adjective
profitlessly, adverb
profitlessness, noun
proprofit, adjective
self-profit, noun
unprofited, adjective
unprofiting, adjective

profit, prophet.

1. return. 2. net income. 3. good, welfare, advancement, improvement. See advantage. 4, 9. advance, improve.

1. loss. Unabridged
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profit (ˈprɒfɪt)
1.  (often plural) excess of revenues over outlays and expenses in a business enterprise over a given period of time, usually a year
2.  the monetary gain derived from a transaction
3.  a.  income derived from property or an investment, as contrasted with capital gains
 b.  the ratio of this income to the investment or principal
4.  economics
 a.  the income or reward accruing to a successful entrepreneur and held to be the motivating factor of all economic activity in a capitalist economy
 b.  (as modifier): the profit motive
5.  a gain, benefit, or advantage
6.  to gain or cause to gain profit
[C14: from Latin prōfectus advance, from prōficere to make progress; see proficient]

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Word Origin & History

early 14c., from O.Fr. prufit (c.1140), from L. profectus "profit, progress," prop. pp. of proficere (see proficiency). As the opposite of loss, it replaced O.E. gewinn. The verb is attested from c.1300, from O.Fr. prufiter, from the noun. Profiteer first recorded 1797
as a verb, but dormant until revived in World War I; 1912 as a noun. Profitable is from early 14c., "yielding benefit, useful; " in specific sense of "money-making," it is attested from 1758.
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Example sentences
After figuring your business income and expenses, you are ready to figure the
  net profit or net loss from your business.
Moviemaking has been the almost exclusive dominion of large organizations
  usually driven more by profit than by stories.
Over the last few years it is almost impossible to make a profit on our various
  farm operations.
Describes how he rebuilt vintage airplanes and sold them for a substantial
  profit to keep his crater project going.
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