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profitable

adjective uk   /ˈprɒf.ɪ.tə.bl̩/ us    /ˈprɑː.fɪ.t̬ə-/
B2 resulting in or likely to result in a profit or an advantage: Over the years it has developed into a highly profitable business. I made profitable use of my time (= used my time to get advantages or benefits), mixing with a lot of different people and practising my Spanish.
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profitability
noun [U] uk   /ˌprɒf.ɪ.təˈbɪl.ɪ.ti/ us    /ˌprɑː.fɪ.t̬əˈbɪl.ə.t̬i/
The company needs to return to profitability extremely soon.
profitably
adverb uk   /-bli/ us  
It was several months before the company started to trade profitably (= making money). Use your time profitably (= use it to get advantages or benefits).
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