noun (C) someone who makes unfairly large profits, especially by selling things at very high prices when they are difficult to get: black market profiteers — profiteer verb (I) — profiteering noun (U)

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  • profiteer — prof‧i‧teer [ˌprɒfˈtɪə ǁ ˌprɑːfˈtɪr] noun [countable] disapproving FINANCE a person or organization that makes unfairly large profits, for example by selling things that are hard to get at very high prices: • A handful of profiteers are using… …   Financial and business terms

  • profiteer — prof·i·teer /ˌprä fə tir/ n: one who makes what is considered an unreasonable profit esp. on the sale of essential goods during times of emergency (as during wartime) profiteer vi Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • profiteer — [präf΄i tir′] n. [ PROFIT + EER] a person who makes excessive profits, esp. by taking advantage of a shortage of supply to charge exorbitant prices vi. to be a profiteer …   English World dictionary

  • profiteer — 1797 as a verb, but dormant until revived in World War I; 1912 as a noun. From PROFIT (Cf. profit) + EER (Cf. eer). Related: Profiteering …   Etymology dictionary

  • profiteer — ► VERB (often as noun profiteering) ▪ make an excessive or unfair profit. ► NOUN ▪ a person who profiteers …   English terms dictionary

  • profiteer — UK [ˌprɒfɪˈtɪə(r)] / US [ˌprɑfɪˈtɪr] verb [intransitive] Word forms profiteer : present tense I/you/we/they profiteer he/she/it profiteers present participle profiteering past tense profiteered past participle profiteered to make large profits by …   English dictionary

  • profiteer — n. a war profiteer * * * [ˌprɒfɪ tɪə] a war profiteer …   Combinatory dictionary

  • profiteer — noun Date: 1912 one who makes what is considered an unreasonable profit especially on the sale of essential goods during times of emergency • profiteer intransitive verb …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • profiteer — /prof i tear /, n. 1. a person who seeks or exacts exorbitant profits, esp. through the sale of scarce or rationed goods. v.i. 2. to act as a profiteer. [1910 15; PROFIT + EER] * * * …   Universalium

  • profiteer — [[t]prɒ̱fɪtɪ͟ə(r)[/t]] profiteers N COUNT: usu pl (disapproval) If you describe someone as a profiteer, you are critical of them because they make large profits by charging high prices for goods that are hard to get. ...a new social class… …   English dictionary

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