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"profitable" in British English

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profitableadjective

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 ​companyneeds to ​return to profitability very ​soon.
profitably
adverb uk   us   /-bli/
It was several ​months before the ​companystarted to ​trade profitably (= making ​money). Use ​yourtime profitably (= use it to get ​advantages or ​benefits).
(Definition of profitable from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"profitable" in American English

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profitableadjective

 us   /ˈprɑf·ɪ·t̬ə·bəl/
resulting in or ​likely to ​result in a ​profit or a ​benefit: a profitable ​business I ​try to make profitable use of my ​time.
profitability
noun [U]  us   /ˌprɑf·ɪ·t̬əˈbɪl·ɪ·t̬i/
He ​revealedplans to ​restore the magazine’s profitability.
profitably
adverb  us   /ˈprɑf·ɪ·t̬ə·bli/
We can ​operate profitably within that ​market.
(Definition of profitable from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"profitable" in Business English

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profitableadjective

uk   us   /ˈprɒfɪtəbl/
COMMERCE, FINANCE producing a ​profit: a profitable business/company They are now among the most profitable ​companiesquoted on the New York Stock Exchange.highly/very profitable This is a ​highly profitable ​business. a profitable ​market/​product profitable ​growthbe profitable for sb to do sth Consumers need to convince ​farmers that it can be profitable for them to ​groworganicfood.
giving an ​advantage or useful ​result: The ​meeting had gone well, and he ​felt it had been a profitable morning.
(Definition of profitable from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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