profitable

adjective
prof·​it·​able | \ ˈprä-fə-tə-bəl How to pronounce profitable (audio) , 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 How to pronounce profitability (audio) \ noun
profitableness \ ˈprä-​fə-​tə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce profitableness (audio) \ noun
profitably \ ˈprä-​fə-​tə-​blē How to pronounce profitably (audio) \ adverb

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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
Recent Examples on the Web Uber recently announced its acquisition of delivery giant Postmates in a $2.65 billion all-stock deal, a move CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said could help the tech giant move quickly into the grocery market and make Uber profitable in 2021. Dom Difurio, Dallas News, "Uber to launch grocery delivery in Dallas, even as it ratchets back Deep Ellum hiring goals," 10 July 2020 Since the 1950s, when Y.O. Ranch demonstrated that the breeding and hunting of exotic hoofed animals in Texas could be profitable, the industry has been expanding quickly. Mélanie Wenger, National Geographic, "A behind-the-scenes look at Texas’ exotic animal ranches," 7 July 2020 But analysts say the consumer electronics division, which includes smartphone and TV sales, is still profitable because of ongoing work and travel restrictions. Sherisse Pham, CNN, "Samsung says profit jumped 23%, likely thanks to strong chip demand," 6 July 2020 To be sure, Albertsons was profitable in its last three fiscal years, while sales have increased modestly, hitting $62.5 billion. Phil Wahba, Fortune, "Albertsons finally returning to the stock market after disappointing IPO," 26 June 2020 The company continues to dominate the market supplying chips for new PCs and laptops, but that slow-growing sector has declined in importance for Intel, which is increasingly focused on its highly profitable data center business. oregonlive, "Apple sets two-year timetable for breakup with Intel," 22 June 2020 Most kids have set up a lemonade stand at one time or another during the summer holidays—but not all 9-year-olds turn their lemonade stand into a profitable business. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, "Meet the 9-Year-Old Donating Her Lemonade Stand Money to Those In Need," 16 June 2020 Not all hospitals are equally equipped to respond to a surge in COVID-19 demand, accompanied by a loss of more profitable business, Ho said. Charles Ornstein, Propublica, And Mike Hixenbaugh, ProPublica, "Internal Messages Reveal Crisis at Houston Hospitals as Coronavirus Cases Surge," 1 July 2012 After a stormy, dependent youth, the wind-and-solar-energy industries have matured into boring, profitable middle age. Rochelle Toplensky, WSJ, "Why Investors Have Learned to Love Wind and Solar Power," 6 July 2020

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First Known Use of profitable

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of profitable was in the 14th century

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“Profitable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/profitable. Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for profitable

profitable

adjective
How to pronounce profitable (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of profitable

: making money
: producing good or helpful results or effects

profitable

adjective
prof·​it·​able | \ ˈprä-fə-tə-bəl How to pronounce profitable (audio) \

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 How to pronounce profitable (audio) \

Legal Definition of profitable

: affording profits : yielding advantageous returns or results

Other Words from profitable

profitability \ ˌprä-​fə-​tə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce profitability (audio) \ noun
profitableness noun
profitably adverb

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