Meaning of “profiteer” in the English Dictionary

"profiteer" in British English

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profiteernoun [ C ]

uk /ˌprɒf.ɪˈtɪər/ us /ˌprɑː.fəˈtɪr/ disapproving
profiteering
noun [ U ] uk /ˌprɒf.ɪˈtɪə.rɪŋ/ us /ˌprɑː.fəˈtɪr.ɪŋ/

The pharmaceutical company has been charged with profiteering from the AIDS crisis.

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

"profiteer" in Business English

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profiteernoun [ C ]

uk /ˌprɒfɪˈtɪər/ us disapproving

COMMERCE a person or organization that takes unfair advantage of a situation to make a large profit, often by selling goods that are difficult to get at a very high price:

Humanitarian aid such as cans of oil were resold by war profiteers.
profiteer
verb [ I ]

Unscrupulous operators are scheming to profiteer at homeowners' expense.

(Definition of “profiteer” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)