Meaning of “profitable” in the English Dictionary

"profitable" in British English

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profitableadjective

uk /ˈprɒf.ɪ.tə.bəl/ us /ˈprɑː.fɪ.t̬ə.bəl/

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.ə.ti/ us /ˌprɑː.fɪ.t̬əˈbɪl.ə.t̬i/

The company needs to return to profitability very soon.
profitably
adverb uk /ˈprɒf.ɪ.tə.bli/ us /ˈprɑː.fɪ.t̬ə.bli/

It was several months before the company started to trade profitably (= making money).
Use your time 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 revealed plans 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 /ˈprɒfɪtəbl/ us

COMMERCE, FINANCE producing a profit:

a profitable business/company They are now among the most profitable companies quoted on the New York Stock Exchange.
highly/very profitable This is a highly profitable business.
a profitable market/product
profitable growth
be profitable for sb to do sth Consumers need to convince farmers that it can be profitable for them to grow organic food.

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)