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net

noun uk   /net/ (plural -tt-) us  

net noun (MATERIAL)

B1 [C or U] material made of threads of rope, string, wire, or plastic with spaces between them, allowing gas, liquid, or small objects to go through, or an object made with this material that is used to limit the movement of something: a fishing net a butterfly net Dolphins often get tangled in the nets that are used to catch tuna fish. The living-room windows have net curtains that let in sunlight but stop passers-by looking in from the street.

net noun (SPORT)

B1 [C] a rectangular piece of material made from string, used to separate the two sides in various sports: If the ball touches the net during a service in a game of tennis, you have to serve again. B1 [C] the area surrounded by a piece of material made from string into which a ball or puck is put in order to score points in various sports: His penalty kick placed the ball decisively in the back of the net. a basketball net

net

verb [T] uk   /net/ (-tt-) us  

net verb [T] (CATCH)

to catch something using a net: How many fish did you net this afternoon? to get something good or to earn a lot of money from something: [+ two objects] She netted herself a fortune when she sold her company. Mark's netted himself a top job with an advertising company. She netted £10 million (for herself) from the sale of her company.

net verb [T] (SCORE)

If you net the ball during a game such as football, you score a goal: He secured a dramatic victory for England by netting the ball half a minute before the end of the game.

net

adjective [before or after noun] uk (-tt-) (UK also nett)   /net/ us  
left when there is nothing else to be taken away: I earn £25,000 gross, but my net income (= income that is left after tax has been paid) is about £18,000. The net weight of something excludes the weight of the material that it is packed in.
(Definition of net noun, verb, adjective from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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