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

Other Words from profitable

profitability \ ˌprä-​fə-​tə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce profitable (audio) \ noun
profitableness \ ˈprä-​fə-​tə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce profitable (audio) \ noun
profitably \ ˈprä-​fə-​tə-​blē How to pronounce profitable (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 There’s a lot of opportunity in artificial intelligence for retailers, both in consumer-facing ways like The Outfitter and in behind-the-scenes ways that can help stores become operationally more efficient and profitable. Richard Kestenbaum, Forbes, 4 Jan. 2022 At that point, Peloton was growing though not profitable. Sharon Terlep, WSJ, 31 Dec. 2021 Two of North’s college roommates, also former students of mine, stumbled onto products or services that proved unexpectedly profitable. Peter Hessler, The New Yorker, 27 Dec. 2021 The bottom line is that cannabis companies still have to run tight and profitable businesses in a climate that can be difficult for a range of reasons, including high tax rates, ever-shifting regulations and competition from the illicit market. Mike Weinberger, Rolling Stone, 27 Dec. 2021 Washington winery is made from grapes grown in vineyards planted in the 1970s and thankfully kept to chenin blanc instead of grafting over or replanting to something more fashionable and profitable. Washington Post, 23 Dec. 2021 The parade is barely profitable, but city hall is committed to its annual spectacle. Zoey Poll, Harper’s Magazine , 7 Dec. 2021 Amazon is a prime example in that its cloud services business, Amazon Web Services, could prove far more profitable and boast greatly increased valuation multiples if the company was to break up. Simon Mainwaring, Fortune, 2 Dec. 2021 New strains have allowed traffickers to get more product per plant, making grows even more profitable, according to law enforcement. NBC News, 1 Dec. 2021

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First Known Use of profitable

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Profitable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/profitable. Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for profitable

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 profitable (audio) \ noun
profitableness noun
profitably adverb

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