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

Synonyms & Antonyms for profitable

Synonyms

economic, fat, gainful, juicy, lucrative, moneymaking, money-spinning [chiefly British], paying, remunerative

Antonyms

unprofitable

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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

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But President Trump has threatened Beijing with new tariffs on about $300 billion worth of Chinese goods, an act that would escalate tension dramatically while levying a punitive tax on Apple’s most profitable product. Bloomberg, latimes.com, "Apple’s U.S. iPhones can be made outside China if necessary, Foxconn says," 11 June 2019 But President Donald Trump has threatened Beijing with new tariffs on about $300 billion worth of Chinese goods, an act that would escalate tensions dramatically while levying a punitive tax on Apple’s most profitable product. Debby Wu, Fortune, "Apple Has a Backup Plan If the U.S.-China Trade War Triggers iPhone Tariffs," 11 June 2019 Bloomberg spent seven months talking to polling-company executives, consultants and traders for this inside story on what was one of the most profitable days of their industry. James Hertling, Bloomberg.com, "Erdogan - the World’s Newest Strongman," 25 June 2018 This success also showed that the genre was profitable. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "The Time of True Crime," 26 Apr. 2019 Wolfe Herd tells me Bumble is profitable, in the range of $200 million in revenue last year. Chloe Malle, Vogue, "Inside Dating-App Bumble’s Bid For Global Domination," 18 Apr. 2019 The Estates Klaus Zoch, Capstone Games, 2 - 5 players, 40 - 60 minutes, ages 10+ This cutthroat game about rival construction moguls casts players as property developers competing to build the most profitable towers in the city. Owen Duffy, Ars Technica, "Essen 2018: The best board games from the biggest board game con," 3 Nov. 2018 Scooter companies are finding these short trips—35 percent of U.S. vehicle trips are under two miles—very profitable. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Uber makes $10M bet on bikes and transit," 26 Sep. 2018 In entertainment, all people are means to a very profitable end. Rebecca Farley, refinery29.com, "Arrested Development," 24 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 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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