profit by

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See: employ, exploit
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Perhaps this is ordered by Providence, that those who have no right to them may profit by them, in that divine contempt of such profit which Providence so often shows.
The passengers, once on shore, were disposed, as usual, to profit by the occasion.
Every student does not profit by a great teacher; but perhaps no young man ever came under the influence of Dr.

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