1 making a profit
appear, be, prove, seem

confident that the venture will prove profitable

find sth
remain, stay
make sth
keep sth

What can be done to keep the business profitable?

extremely, fairly, very, etc.
enormously, highly, hugely, immensely, incredibly

a highly profitable chain of stores

enough, sufficiently

The business is not really profitable enough.

2 helpful
find sth

Some churches have found it profitable to hold services during the week.


Cooperation could be mutually profitable.

Profitable is used with these nouns: ↑business, ↑company, ↑enterprise, ↑investment, ↑niche, ↑sideline, ↑trade, ↑venture, ↑year

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