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gross

adjective  /ɡroʊs/ us  

gross adjective (EXTREME)

[-er/-est only] (esp. of something bad or wrong) extreme or obvious: The birds die from hunger, thirst, and gross overcrowding.

gross adjective (UNPLEASANT)

[-er/-est only] infml rude or offensive: She watches these really gross movies. "Gross!" Pamela says as she wipes the goo off her fingers.

gross adjective (TOTAL)

[not gradable] (of earnings) total, before tax is paid or costs are subtracted: Investors have earned gross income of $780 million.

gross

verb [T]  /ɡroʊs/ us  
to earn as a total before expenses are subtracted: The film grossed over $200 million.
Phrasal verbs

gross

noun  /ɡroʊs/ us  

gross noun (NUMBER)

[C] ( plural gross) a group of 144 items
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