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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Over the last half-decade, SpaceX has emerged as a viable competitor, begun to fly its Falcon 9 rocket more frequently, and competed successfully for lucrative military launch contracts. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Getting Vulcan up to speed: Part one of our interview with Tory Bruno," 11 Dec. 2018 The mailers continue to be a lucrative source of funds. Fox News, "Maxine Waters hit with FEC complaint over mailer money," 1 Aug. 2018 The port is also a lucrative source of revenue for the Houthis, who have controlled most of northern Yemen since 2014. Ahmed Al-haj, chicagotribune.com, "Fighting intensifies outside Yemen's Hodeida airport as death toll reaches 280," 15 June 2018 Many teachers take on second or third jobs, pay for their classroom supplies out of pocket — and some educators are quitting their jobs to find more lucrative sources of income. Jennifer Calfas, Time, "‘They’re Really on Their Own.’ Santa Fe Reveals the Danger of Being a Substitute Teacher in Era of School Shootings," 24 May 2018 Foundation for the Carolinas set records for assets and grants to nonprofits in 2017, the organization will announce at its annual meeting Thursday, and is developing a lucrative new source of donations. charlotteobserver, "Foundation for the Carolinas started with $3,000. Here’s how it’s grown in 60 years. | Charlotte Observer," 22 Mar. 2018 Fisher signed a 10-year, $75 million contract to coach the Aggies, which is one of the most lucrative deals for any college football coach, according to USA TODAY Sports' salary database. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher wasn't a fan of Kevin Sumlin's office: 'Like a damn nightclub'," 26 June 2018 But using real estate that is not directly related to their educational operations is more rare—and potentially more lucrative, brokers and lawyers say, because corporate office spaces and high-end condos can command high prices. Melissa Korn, WSJ, "Land Holdings, Even Far From Campus, Lucrative for Some Colleges," 22 Jan. 2019 No one, in 2018, seems to really know how to run a lucrative, well-read, daily publication, but The Post suggests that one way is to be owned by the richest man in the world. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "The Other Side of Jeff Bezos’s Washington Post," 27 June 2018

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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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