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profit

2 verb
     
profit2 [intransitive and transitive]
1 formal to be useful or helpful to someone
profit somebody to do something
It might profit you to learn about the company before your interview.
profit by/from
There are lessons in these stories that all children can profit by.
2 to get money from doing something
profit by/from
Some industries, such as shipbuilding, clearly profited from the war.

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