lucrative

adjective
lu·​cra·​tive | \ ˈlü-krə-tiv How to pronounce lucrative (audio) \

Definition of lucrative

: producing wealth : profitable

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lucratively adverb
lucrativeness noun

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Their success has given Gladwell an active, and extremely lucrative, second career as a public speaker. Much in demand, he is paid in the neighborhood of $40,000 per lecture. — Rachel Donadio, New York Times Book Review, 5 Feb. 2006 Clubs take care of their star and other best players first, paying them lucrative salaries. By the time they get to the bottom half of the roster, they would not have enough money left to pay veterans worthwhile salaries … — Murray Chass, New York Times, 16 Aug. 1994 Since the health care industry is lucrative and largely insulated from the usual disciplines of the marketplace, it has been able to absorb an ever-growing fraction of the gross domestic product. — Marcia Angell, New England Journal of Medicine, 17 June 1993 The learned profession of the law was certainly not behind any other learned profession in its Bacchanalian propensities; neither was Mr. Stryver, already fast shouldering his way to a large and lucrative practice, behind his compeers in this particular, any more than in the drier parts of the legal race. — Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities, 1859 The business has proved to be highly lucrative. the hired gun's mission was to turn the failing store into a lucrative operation
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Recent Examples on the Web The SparkPost deal sees MessageBird and Twilio emerged as the main players in the complicated, and lucrative, business of helping businesses connect with customers on the phone, SMS or even WhatsApp. Iain Martin, Forbes, "MessageBird Swoops On SparkPost In $600 Million Deal To Challenge Twilio," 28 Apr. 2021 The company has been expanding its network of warehouses in Connecticut, drawn by open space coveted in the crowded Northeast and access to nearby highways that bring the lucrative and populous region within its grasp. Jesse Leavenworth, courant.com, "Amazon hub proposed for Glastonbury warehouse," 27 Apr. 2021 Now, such setups are increasingly common — and highly lucrative. New York Times, "Jake Paul Promised Them Fame. Was It Worth the Price?," 22 Apr. 2021 The position was lucrative and part time: the programmer could supplement his income without impinging on his work for Redbanc. Ed Caesar, The New Yorker, "The Incredible Rise of North Korea’s Hacking Army," 19 Apr. 2021 However, will reducing commissions by half impact the performance of Apple’s highly lucrative and fast-growing Services business? Trefis Team, Forbes, "Will Apple Stock’s Q2 Results Beat Consensus?," 19 Apr. 2021 What makes investing in Milwaukee, an older Midwestern city with stagnant population growth, lucrative? Mike Gousha And John Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Growing 'land grab' by out-of-state investment landlords raises questions for Milwaukee homeowners and neighborhoods," 15 Apr. 2021 Expanding the best picture field, in 2009, from five movies to as many as 10, was supposed to lure more viewers to the broadcast and achieve a blend of the safe, the lucrative and the idiosyncratic. New York Times, "Movies Survived 2020. The Oscars Diversified. There’s More to Do.," 15 Apr. 2021 It’s the not the same as investing in a sporting goods apparel or health food company or working in the low-key but lucrative maze of private equity’s billion-dollar deals. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "Can Alex Rodriguez transform Timberwolves from miserable losers to lovable winners?," 12 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of lucrative

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lucrative

Middle English lucratif, from Middle French, from Latin lucrativus, from lucratus, past participle of lucrari to gain, from lucrum

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“Lucrative.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lucrative. Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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lucrative

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of lucrative

: producing money or wealth

lucrative

adjective
lu·​cra·​tive | \ ˈlü-krə-tiv How to pronounce lucrative (audio) \

Legal Definition of lucrative

1 : producing wealth or profit
2 : acquired, received, or had without burdensome conditions or giving of consideration

Other Words from lucrative

lucratively adverb
lucrativeness noun

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