profitable prof‧it‧a‧ble [ˈprɒftəbl ǁ ˈprɑː-] adjective FINANCE
1. producing a useful result:

• I thought the meeting was very profitable.

2. producing a profit:

• Innovation has made Sidek one of Mexico's most profitable companies.

• Recycling automotive plastics is profitable and good for the environment.

• Mutual Benefit's group health business has been its most profitable line (= activity ) .

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profitable UK US /ˈprɒfɪtəbl/ adjective
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.

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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