gainful

  • 1gainful — gain‧ful [ˈgeɪnfl] adjective [only before a noun] formal gainful employment/​work/​activity work or activity for which you are paid: • The United States now has a far higher proportion of its population in gainful employment than any other… …

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  • 2Gainful — Gain ful, a. Profitable; advantageous; lucrative. A gainful speculation. Macaulay. {Gain ful*ly}, adv. {Gain ful*ness}, n. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3gainful — I adjective advantageous, beneficial, fertile, fruitful, lucrative, lucrosus, money making, paying, productive, profitable, quaestuosus, remunerative, rewarding, useful, valuable, well paying, worthwhile associated concepts: gainful employment II …

    Law dictionary

  • 4gainful — (adj.) 1540s (implied in gainfully), from GAIN (Cf. gain) + FUL (Cf. ful). Phrase gainfully employed attested from 1796 …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5gainful — *paying, remunerative, lucrative, profitable Analogous words: productive, yielding, bearing (see corresponding verbs at BEAR) …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 6gainful — [adj] very productive, profitable advantageous, beneficial, fat, fruitful, generous, going, going concern*, good, in the black*, lucrative, lush, moneymaking, paid off, paying, remunerative, rewarding, rich, satisfying, substantial, sweet*,… …

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  • 7gainful — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ serving to increase wealth or resources. DERIVATIVES gainfully adverb gainfulness noun …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8gainful — [gān′fəl] adj. producing gain; profitable gainfully adv. gainfulness n …

    English World dictionary

  • 9gainful — [[t]ge͟ɪnfʊl[/t]] ADJ: ADJ n If you are in gainful employment, you have a job for which you are paid. [FORMAL] The lack of money comes from lack of opportunities for gainful employment. Derived words: gainfully ADV ADV ed Both parents were… …

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  • 10gainful — adjective Date: 1553 productive of gain ; profitable < gainful employment > • gainfully adverb • gainfulness noun …

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  • 11gainful — gainfully, adv. gainfulness, n. /gayn feuhl/, adj. profitable; lucrative: gainful employment. [1545 55; GAIN1 + FUL] * * * …

    Universalium

  • 12gainful — adjective Providing gain; profitable. How can we find gainful employment with dignity for the uneducated? …

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  • 13gainful — adj. Gainful is used with these nouns: ↑employment …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 14gainful — gain|ful [ˈgeınfəl] adj gainful employment/work/activity formal work or activity for which you are paid &GT;gainfully adv ▪ gainfully employed …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15gainful — gain|ful [ geınfəl ] adjective usually before noun FORMAL providing money or profit: a gainful occupation ╾ gain|ful|ly adverb: gainfully employed …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 16gainful — adjective gainful employment/work/activity formal work or activity for which you are paid gainfully adverb: gainfully employed …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17gainful — adjective a gainful investment Syn: profitable, paid, well paid, remunerative, lucrative, moneymaking; rewarding, fruitful, worthwhile, useful, productive, constructive, beneficial, advantageous, valuable …

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  • 18gainful — gain•ful [[t]ˈgeɪn fəl[/t]] adj. profitable; lucrative: gainful employment[/ex] • Etymology: 1545–55 gain′ful•ly, adv. gain′ful•ness, n …

    From formal English to slang

  • 19gainful — Synonyms and related words: advantageous, banausic, beneficial, breadwinning, fat, fruitful, generous, good, lucrative, lush, moneymaking, of value, paying, productive, profitable, remunerative, rewarding, rich, satisfying, substantial, useful,&#8230; …

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  • 20gainful — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. profitable, lucrative. See utility. II (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. profitable, lucrative, remunerative, productive; see profitable . III (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) a. profitable, productive, worthwhile …

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