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Profit, subst. 1) any gain or advantage: “the p. of excess is but to surfeit,” Lucr. 138. “my p. on't is, I know how to curse,” Tp. I, 2, 363. “have no more p. of their shining lights,” LLL I, 1, 90. “snail-slow in p.” Merch. II, 5, 47. “the trade and p. of the city consisteth of all nations,” III, 3, 30. “if you like upon report the soil, the p., and this kind of life,” As II, 4, 98 (== produce). Wint. I, 2, 310. IV, 2, 21. R2 III, 4, 38. IV, 225. H5 II, 1, 117. H6A III, 3, 63. H6B I, 1, 204. H6B I, 1, 204 H8 III, 1, 83. III, 2, 158. III, 2, 158 Tim. V, 1, 45. Mcb. V, 3, 62. Hml. II, 2, 24. Hml. II, 2, 24 IV, 4, 19. Lr. II, 1, 77. Oth. I, 3, 392. II, 3, 10. III, 3, 79 (to do a peculiar p. to your own person); cf. IV, 2, 238. Ant. II, 1, 7. II, 7, 82. Cymb. IV, 2, 163. V, 4, 214. Per. IV, 1, 4. Per. IV, 1, 4 IV, 2, 128. IV, 2, 128
2) proficiency, improvement: “doth blunt his natural edge with --s of the mind, study and fast,” Meas. I, 4, 61. report speaks goldenly of his p. (at school) As I, 1, 7. “no p. grows where is no pleasure ta'en,” Shr. I, 1, 39. “I thank you for this p.” Oth. III, 3, 379 (== this good lesson); cf. “to apprehend thus, draws us a p. from all things we see,” Cymb. III, 3, 18.
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