: producing wealth : profitable
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Paying, gainful, remunerative, and lucrative share the meaning of bringing in a return of money, but each term casts a different light on how much green you take in. Paying is the word for jobs that yield the smallest potatoes-your first paying job probably provided satisfactory compensation, but you weren't going to get rich by it. Gainful employment might offer a bit more cash, and gainful certainly suggests that an individual is motivated by a desire for gain. Remunerative implies that a job provides more than the usual rewards, but a lucrative position is the one you want-those are the kind that go well beyond your initial hopes or expectations.
The company announced plans to expand its manufacturing operations soon after it won a lucrative contract with the government.
"Many mistakenly believe they need to spend years in school … before they can start earning a decent salary; this is simply a misconception. In fact, there are a number of lucrative jobs out there that don't require a college degree." - Laura Woods, Dallas Morning News, January 23, 2015
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Fill in the blanks to create a name for a big-budget movie whose earnings are expected to compensate the studio for its less profitable movies: t _ n _ po _ e. The answer is …
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