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"profit" in British English

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profitnoun

uk   /ˈprɒf.ɪt/  us   /ˈprɑː.fɪt/
B2 [C or U] money that is ​earned in ​trade or ​business after ​paying the ​costs of ​producing and ​sellinggoods and ​services: She makes a ​big profit from ​sellingwastematerial to ​textilecompanies. A ​year ago the Tokyo ​company had a pretax profit of 35 million ​yen. Company profits are down from last year's ​figures. You don't ​expect to make much profit within the first ​couple of ​years of setting up a ​company. He ​sold his ​house at ahuge profit.turn a profit to ​begin to ​earn a profit: He’s been in ​business five ​years, but has not ​yetturned a profit. [U] the good ​result or ​advantage that can be ​achieved by a ​particularaction or ​activity: There's no profit to be gained from ​endlesslydiscussing whose ​fault it was.

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(Definition of profit from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"profit" in American English

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profitnoun [C/U]

 us   /ˈprɑf·ɪt/
money that a ​businessearns above what it ​costs to ​produce and ​sellgoods and ​services: [U] Any profit made on the ​sale is ​taxable. [C] A lot of ​businesses are ​reapinghuge profits. Profit can also ​meanbenefit: [U] He could ​see little profit in ​arguing with them.

profitverb [I/T]

 us   /ˈprɑf·ɪt/
earnmoney, or ​benefit: [I] It’s ​sickening that somebody would profit from her ​misfortune. [T] fml What will it profit us to make this ​bargain (= How will we ​benefit)?
(Definition of profit from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"profit" in Business English

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profitnoun [C or U]

uk   us   /ˈprɒfɪt/ COMMERCE, FINANCE
money that is ​earned in ​trade or ​business, especially after ​paying the ​costs of ​producing and ​sellinggoods and ​services: The ​group has had an ​unevenrecord in recent ​years, ​swinging back and forth between profits and ​losses.make/realize/turn a profit The ​company said it had made a profit of about £1.4bn on the ​deal.after-tax/pre-tax profit Pre-tax profits ​rose 22.3% to £13.7m. The ​expectation is that both ​turnover and trading profit will have ​increased during last ​year.sell sth at a profit A ​realizedgain occurs when we ​sell an ​investment at a profit.profit on sth He will make a $431m profit on the ​sale.for profit Banks made new ​loans, then swiftly ​sold them off for profit, using the ​proceeds to ​extend still more.report profits In the ​year to March the ​companyreported profits after ​tax of €900,000.profits fall/increase/rise Sales and profits ​rose last ​year. Concerns have been ​raised that a ​stagnatingeconomy is hampering ​corporate profit ​growth. boost/​increase profits an increase/​jump/​rise in profit adrop/​fall in profit big/​record/​strong profits future/​short-term/​small profits annual/​corporate/​taxable profits
be in/come into profit to be ​earning, or ​start to ​earn, ​money from a ​trade or ​business rather than ​losing it: Some want it to be ​illegal to make anyone ​redundant if you are in profit.
first-half, first-quarter, etc. profit profits for the first half, first ​quarter, etc. of a ​financialyear: The US ​entertainmentgiant showed how second-quarter profits had more than ​doubled.
pure profit profit that does not need to have any ​costs taken away: Once ​overheads are ​covered, 55c of every $1 of ​sales is pure profit.

profitverb [I]

uk   us   /ˈprɒfɪt/
to ​earnmoney from something: profit by sth/doing sth Traders can profit by ​buying the ​stocks back later at ​lowerprices.profit from sth/doing sth Many ​companies will profit from the ​fall in ​interestrates.
to ​gain an ​advantage from something: profit from sth/doing sth I profited enormously from ​working with her.
(Definition of profit from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “profit”
in Korean 이윤…
in Arabic رِبْح…
in Malaysian keuntungan, faedah…
in French profit, bénéfice…
in Russian прибыль, доход…
in Chinese (Traditional) 利潤,盈利, 好處,益處…
in Italian profitto, utile…
in Turkish kâr, kazanç…
in Polish zysk…
in Spanish lucro, beneficio, ganancia…
in Vietnamese lợi nhuận, lợi ích…
in Portuguese lucro…
in Thai กำไร, ผลประโยชน์…
in German der Gewinn…
in Catalan guany(s), benefici(s)…
in Japanese 利益, 収益…
in Chinese (Simplified) 利润,盈利, 好处,益处…
in Indonesian laba, keuntungan…
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