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profit

prof·it

profit

 
 
pronunciation:
pra fiht
parts of speech:
noun, intransitive verb, transitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: (often pl.) an amount of money yielded from an investment or business that exceeds the amount originally invested or paid out as expenses.
The oil companies reported huge profits last year.
synonyms:
gain, return
antonyms:
loss
similar words:
gravy, income, net, proceeds, receipts, revenue, yield
definition 2: a benefit or gain.
He can't see the profit in going on to college at this point.
synonyms:
advantage, benefit, gain
antonyms:
loss
similar words:
avail, behoof, boon, enjoyment, favor, good, gravy, self-interest, use
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part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: profited, profiting, profits
definition 1: to derive benefit or profit.
He definitely profits from extra tutoring.
synonyms:
benefit
antonyms:
lose
similar words:
avail, gain, improve
definition 2: to make monetary profits.
It took them a few years to profit from their investment.
synonyms:
earn
antonyms:
lose
similar words:
clean up, graft
 
part of speech: transitive verb
definition: to bring advantage or profit to.
I think it will profit you to take this job for now and get some experience.
synonyms:
avail, benefit
antonyms:
disadvantage
similar words:
behoove, better, help, leverage, pay, serve
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derivations: profitless (adj.), profiter (n.)
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