lucrative

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

Definition of lucrative

: producing wealth : profitable

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Other Words from lucrative

lucratively adverb
lucrativeness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for lucrative

Synonyms

economic, fat, gainful, juicy, money-spinning [chiefly British], moneymaking, paying, profitable, remunerative

Antonyms

unprofitable

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Examples of lucrative in a Sentence

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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The selection marks the second time that the city has tapped hometown firms from five finalists vying for the lucrative O’Hare expansion contracts. Blair Kamin, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Chicago picks Skidmore, Owings & Merrill to design two satellite concourses for O’Hare expansion," 8 July 2019 Now, Boeing is facing cancellation of a lucrative contract to sell 20 Max 737s to a Saudi Arabian airline, signaling that the company’s troubles are far from over. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Boeing’s 737 Max woes just cost it a $5.9 billion order," 7 July 2019 City Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales said RK’s involvement in the facility is especially problematic, given the firm’s lucrative contract to provide food at San Antonio’s Convention Center. Brian Chasnoff, ExpressNews.com, "A San Antonio nonprofit and a local caterer are hired for new migrant children’s shelter," 5 July 2019 The guess here is that the Coyotes will likely be bargain shopping once again in 2019 in an effort to minimize the risk often associated with lucrative free-agent contracts. Richard Morin, azcentral, "Beyond Phil Kessel: What are the Arizona Coyotes' options in free agency?," 29 June 2019 SpaceX's customer for this mission, dubbed STP-2, is the US Department of Defense, a key customer that commercial companies like SpaceX rely on for lucrative launch contracts. Jackie Wattles, CNN, "SpaceX's Falcon Heavy will launch Bill Nye's science experiment into orbit," 24 June 2019 Kurz ended the coalition after a video surfaced showing then-Freedom Party leader Heinz-Christian Strache appearing to offer lucrative government contracts to a purported Russian investor. Fox News, "Austria's Kurz says emails linking him to scandal are fakes," 17 June 2019 Supermodel Natalia Vodianova has found great success in the fashion industry with her numerous runway walks and memorable photo shoots, and is also known for her lucrative contract with Calvin Klein. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Supermodel Natalia Vodianova's Closet Is up for Grabs on Villageluxe," 17 June 2019 McKinsey’s payment was little more than an introductory fee by the firm’s standards — $4 million — but the contract spelled out that McKinsey would be eligible for more lucrative multiyear contracts if the project progressed. Ian Macdougall, Propublica, ProPublica, "The Country That Exiled McKinsey," 14 May 2019

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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

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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