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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Now, Facebook executives were saying that people were spending more time using a less-lucrative product. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Why Twitter should ignore the phony outrage over “shadow banning”," 27 July 2018 Job losses possible in any career While job prospects in the skilled trades are good, and the careers can be lucrative, scores of workers in manufacturing have gone through layoffs and plant closings. Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Seeking young talent, Harley-Davidson launches youth apprenticeships in the skilled trades," 29 Mar. 2018 The rival has been pursuing D.E. Shaw staff with lucrative offers, people familiar with the matter said. Rachael Levy, WSJ, "D.E. Shaw Is a Quant King. Its Humans Are Losing Money," 8 Nov. 2018 Sitting courtside at the Thomas & Mack Center before the Kings’ Las Vegas Summer League game against the Suns, Divac told the Tribune that LaVine, 23, has star potential that justified the lucrative offer. Malika Andrews, chicagotribune.com, "Kings GM Vlade Divac on Zach Lavine: 'I see him as one of the future elite shooting guards'," 8 July 2018 According to The Sun, the 25-year-old has allegedly had his head turned amid interest from the likes of Everton, Tottenham and Borussia Dortmund, with the winger appearing set to turn his back on his current club's lucrative new offer. SI.com, "Crystal Palace Star Rejects Lucrative New Contract Offer With Host of Clubs Monitoring Situation," 7 July 2018 If not Mississippi State this summer, Mingione will surely be greeted with lucrative offers and tradition-rich destinations in the future. Fletcher Page, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky can't lose Nick Mingione to Mississippi State (or anywhere)," 17 May 2018 Ohtani announced his intention to sign with the Angels in December after a weeklong bidding process that included seven finalists and more lucrative offers. Usa Today Sports, USA TODAY, "Angels' Shohei Ohtani to make MLB debut at DH," 29 Mar. 2018 The Los Angeles Rams remain the frontrunners in the race to sign Ndamukong Suh, one day after the New York Jets pulled their reportedly lucrative offer. Geoffrey C. Arnold, OregonLive.com, "Los Angeles Rams frontrunners to sign Ndamukong Suh as NY Jets pull offer: Report," 26 Mar. 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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