2 malfunction mal*func*tion no longer work correctly; fail to operate1. For years, Adam, who lives in Newton, Massachusetts has been catching those pesky “bugs,” mistakes or glitches in computer software programs that can make computers malfunction.2. The captain was afraid that the ship’s radio might malfunction due to the storm.
3 profitable prof*it*a*ble gaining money after all the costs of doing business have been paid1. Minding her own business is fun and profitable for Ebony Hood of Washington, D.C.2. We sold lots of lemonade at our sidewalk stand, and our little business was very profitable.
4 merchandise mer*chan*dise goods that are bought and sold in business1. Ebony learned how to set up a business, order merchandise, and keep records in a special course at her high school.2. All of the merchandise in the store costs less because there was a sale.
5 earnings earn*ings money that is paid for doing a job 1. Ebony plans to use her earnings for college.2. Jackie wants to save her earnings form her paper route to help buy a computer.
6 donates do*nates Gives money or objects as a gift 1. He donates 10 percent of his profits to a children’s charity.2. Every spring and fall our family cleans out the closets and donates clothes to a local shelter.
7 charity char*i*ty A group that provides help to those in need 1. He donates 10 percent of his profits to a children’s charity.2. I helped my aunt run a stand at the festival that sold crafts for charity.