Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “bottom line”

bottom line

noun [S]
 
 
ACCOUNTING the final line in the accounts of a company or organization, which states its total profit or loss: help/benefit/boost the bottom line Many companies see that becoming more energy efficient, recycling waste, and having a good corporate image can all help the bottom line. hurt/impact on/affect the bottom line When he considers a potential investment, he looks strictly at the bottom line.
sb's bottom line COMMERCE the final offer someone will accept: Before beginning a negotiation, know your bottom line. They will accept $235,000 for the house, and that's their bottom line.
the bottom line the most important fact in a situation: The bottom line is we don't have enough health care professionals.
(Definition of bottom line from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of bottom line?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More Business English definitions for “bottom line”

Definitions of “bottom line” in other dictionaries

Translations of “bottom line”

Word of the Day

hello stranger

said to a person that you know but have not seen for a long time

Word of the Day

Come on – you can do it! Phrasal verbs with ‘come’.

by Liz Walter​,
November 19, 2014
As part of an occasional series on the tricky subject of phrasal verbs, this blog looks at ones formed with the verb ‘come’. If you are reading this blog, I’m sure you already know come from, as it is one of the first things you learn in class: I come from Scotland/Spain.

Read More 

silver splicer noun

November 17, 2014
informal a person who marries in later life Newly retired and now newlywed – rise of the ‘silver splicers’ Reaching pension age becomes a trigger to tie the knot as baby-boomers begin to redefine retirement

Read More