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English definition of “profitable”

profitable

adjective     /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 . → Opposite unprofitableUseful or advantageous profitability     /ˌprɒf.ɪ.təˈbɪl.ɪ.ti/ US  /ˌprɑː.fɪ.t̬əˈbɪl.ə.t̬i/ noun [U] The company needs to return to profitability extremely soon .Profits and losses profitably     /-bli/ adverb It was several months before the company started to trade profitably (= making money ). Use your time profitably (= use it to get advantages or benefits ).Profits and losses
(Definition of profitable adjective from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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