profitable

adjective
prof·it·able | \ ˈprä-fə-tə-bəl , ˈpräf-tə-bəl \

Definition of profitable 

: affording profits : yielding advantageous returns or results

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Other words from profitable

profitability \ˌprä-fə-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē \ noun
profitableness \ˈprä-fə-tə-bəl-nəs \ noun
profitably \ˈprä-fə-tə-blē \ adverb

Examples of profitable in a Sentence

The movie was very profitable. selling real estate on the side turned out to be a profitable venture for the stay-at-home mom

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Researchers noted that men drive in more profitable locations. Washington Post, latimes.com, "Study of Uber drivers finds men earn more than women — for three key reasons," 9 July 2018 For years, Boeing and Airbus focused on larger, more-profitable jetliners and shifted away from the smaller planes, which have similar development costs but sell for lower prices. Fortune, "Boeing and Embraer Are Forming a $4.75 Billion Commercial Jet Venture," 5 July 2018 That means a better and ultimately more profitable design. Jenny Knizner, USA TODAY, "20 In-Demand Freelance Skills That’ll Get You Hired Today," 4 June 2018 Now, Fieldwood is looking ahead to a more profitable year as U.S. crude prices edge above $70 a barrel. Collin Eaton, Houston Chronicle, "In new oil climate, Fieldwood Energy and others ditch debt," 7 May 2018 The recent tax cuts are making companies more profitable and lifting sentiment among many business owners. The Washington Post, OregonLive.com, "Why the stock market is so volatile -- and likely to stay that way," 6 Feb. 2018 Dave Sullivan, manager of product analysis at the market research firm AutoPacific Inc. and a former manufacturing manager for Ford Motor Co., said reaching the 5,000-per-week won’t make Tesla profitable by itself. Washington Post, "Tesla makes 5,000 Model 3s per week, but can it continue?," 2 July 2018 The joint venture is also working with battery maker Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. in developing battery technologies and products together to lower costs, part of an effort to make EVs as profitable as conventional cars, Dietsch said. Bloomberg.com, "Jaguar Land Rover Promises a Made-in-China Electric Car Soon," 27 June 2018 Before the Financial Meltdown, still the vice chairman of General Motors, and still responsible for finding ways to make GM more profitable in the future. Ed Wallace, star-telegram, "Getting Mileage Out of Jobs," 26 May 2018

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First Known Use of profitable

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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profitable

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of profitable

: making money

: producing good or helpful results or effects

profitable

adjective
prof·it·able | \ ˈprä-fə-tə-bəl \

Kids Definition of profitable

: producing a benefit or monetary gain a profitable business

Other words from profitable

profitably \-blē \ adverb

profitable

adjective
prof·it·able | \ ˈprä-fə-tə-bəl \

Legal Definition of profitable 

: affording profits : yielding advantageous returns or results

Other words from profitable

profitability \ˌprä-fə-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē \ noun
profitableness noun
profitably adverb

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