Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “net”

net

noun [C]  /net/ us  

net noun [C] (MATERIAL)

a piece of material made of long, narrow strips woven so that there are spaces between them: fishing nets a volleyball net

net

adjective [not gradable]  /net/ us  

net adjective [not gradable] (LEFT OVER)

(of money received from selling something) left after you have subtracted the cost of what you are selling, and other expenses related to it: net income/profit fig. The net result (= result after everything has been considered) of the changes will be fewer trains for most suburban commuters. Net weight is the weight of something contained in a package, without including the weight of the package. physics Net force is the total amount of force that is in effect on an object at a particular time.

net

verb [T]  /net/ (-tt-) us  

net verb [T] (GET)

to succeed in getting something of value, esp. as the result of a plan of action: The deal netted the online video company $23 million.

net verb [T] (HIT INTO NET)

(in sports) to hit the ball into a net instead of over it: He netted an easy backhand in the fifth game to lose the tennis match. To net is also to catch something in a net: They netted five crabs.

net verb [T] (HAVE LEFT OVER)

to have left after you have subtracted the cost of what you are selling, and other expenses related to it: Smithsonian, on a gross of $28 million, netted $7 million with one magazine.
(Definition of net noun, adjective, verb from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of net?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More American English definitions for “net”

Definitions of “net” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

look on the bright side

to find good things in a bad situation

Word of the Day

The language of work

by Kate Woodford,
October 15, 2014
Most of us talk about our jobs. We tell our family and friends interesting or funny things that have happened in the workplace (=room where we do our job), we describe – and sometimes complain about – our bosses and colleagues and when we meet someone for the first time, we tell

Read More 

life tracking noun

October 20, 2014
the use of one or more devices or apps to monitor health, exercise, how time is spent, etc.

Read More