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PROFIT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does profit mean? 

PROFIT (noun)
  The noun PROFIT has 2 senses:

1. the excess of revenues over outlays in a given period of time (including depreciation and other non-cash expenses)
2. the advantageous quality of being beneficial

  Familiarity information: PROFIT used as a noun is rare.


PROFIT (verb)
  The verb PROFIT has 2 senses:

1. derive a benefit from
2. make a profit; gain money or materially

  Familiarity information: PROFIT used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


PROFIT (noun)


Sense 1profit [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The excess of revenues over outlays in a given period of time (including depreciation and other non-cash expenses)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting possession and transfer of possession

Synonyms:

profits; profit; net profit; net income; earnings; lucre; net

Hypernyms ("profit" is a kind of...):

income (the financial gain (earned or unearned) accruing over a given period of time)

Meronyms (parts of "profit"):

part; percentage; portion; share (assets belonging to or due to or contributed by an individual person or group)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "profit"):

dividend (that part of the earnings of a corporation that is distributed to its shareholders; usually paid quarterly)

accumulation ((finance) profits that are not paid out as dividends but are added to the capital base of the corporation)

markup (the amount added to the cost to determine the asking price)

gross profit; gross profit margin; margin ((finance) the net sales minus the cost of goods and services sold)

filthy lucre (shameful profit)

fast buck; quick buck (quick or easy earnings,)

cleanup; killing (a very large profit)

windfall profit (profit that occurs unexpectedly as a consequence of some event not controlled by those who profit from it)

earning per share (the portion of a company's profit allocated to each outstanding share of common stock)


Sense 2profit [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The advantageous quality of being beneficial

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

gain; profit

Hypernyms ("profit" is a kind of...):

advantage; vantage (the quality of having a superior or more favorable position)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "profit"):

account (the quality of taking advantage)

gainfulness; lucrativeness; profitability; profitableness (the quality of affording gain or benefit or profit)


PROFIT (verb)


Sense 1profit [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Derive a benefit from

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Synonyms:

benefit; profit; gain

Context example:

She profited from his vast experience

Hypernyms (to "profit" is one way to...):

acquire; get (come into the possession of something concrete or abstract)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "profit"):

cash in on (take advantage of or capitalize on)

profiteer (make an unreasonable profit, as on the sale of difficult to obtain goods)

capitalise; capitalize; take advantage (draw advantages from)

pyramid (enlarge one's holdings on an exchange on a continued rise by using paper profits as margin to buy additional amounts)

clear; net; sack; sack up (make as a net profit)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s PP


Sense 2profit [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make a profit; gain money or materially

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Synonyms:

turn a profit; profit

Context example:

The company has not profited from the merger

Hypernyms (to "profit" is one way to...):

bring in; clear; earn; gain; make; pull in; realise; realize; take in (earn on some commercial or business transaction; earn as salary or wages)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "profit"):

clean up (make a big profit; often in a short period of time)

turn a nice dime; turn a nice dollar; turn a nice penny (make a satisfactory profit)

line one's pockets (make a lot of money)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s PP

Antonym:

break even (make neither profit nor loss)

lose (fail to make money in a business; make a loss or fail to profit)


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