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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His controlling behavior essentially did block my ability to make new connections in the industry during a very pivotal and potentially lucrative time—my entire mid-to-late 20s. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Mandy Moore Says Ryan Adams' "Controlling Behavior" Took a Toll on Her Music Career," 14 Feb. 2019 But the companies are also clearly interested in staking their claims in the huge and lucrative transportation industry, which nets a global $4.2 trillion annually, according to Plunkett Research. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "Uber and Lyft are racing each other to go public. Here’s why.," 12 Dec. 2018 The trip to Ecuador was part of a whirlwind world tour that represented the last gasps of Manafort’s once lucrative career. Kenneth P. Vogel, The Seattle Times, "Manafort tried to broker deal with Ecuador to hand Assange over to U.S.," 3 Dec. 2018 For students, Wall Street internships are the on-ramp to a potentially lucrative career in finance. WSJ, "Goldman, JPMorgan Hit Pause on Intern Recruiting ‘Madness’," 29 Oct. 2018 But technology has made the market more efficient and lucrative. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "How vacation homes went from private escape to investment opportunities," 2 Oct. 2018 After leaving the New York mayor's office following the 9/11 attacks in 2001, Rudy Giuliani built a lucrative career soliciting well-heeled clients for Giuliani Partners. chicagotribune.com, "Giuliani works for foreign clients while serving as Trump's attorney," 10 July 2018 Since there are no approved treatments for NASH currently on the market, first-mover advantage in this potentially lucrative market remains up for grabs. Charley Grant, WSJ, "A Big, Fatty Opportunity for Big Pharma," 18 Jan. 2019 Since California has 50 million people, farmers in much of the country end up abiding by the standards which California voters set, to reach the lucrative market there. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "Dog and cat meat is now, finally, illegal," 18 Dec. 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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