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"balance of payments" in British English

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balance of paymentsnoun [S]

uk   us   (also balance of trade)
the ​difference between the ​money that a ​countryreceives from exports and the ​money that it ​spends on imports
(Definition of balance of payments from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"balance of payments" in American English

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balance of paymentsnoun [C usually sing]

 us   /ˈbæl·əns əv ˈpeɪ·mənts/ (also balance of trade,  us   /ˈbæl·əns əv ˈtreɪd/ )
the ​difference between ​income from ​exports (= ​goods and ​servicessold to other ​countries) and the ​cost of ​imports (= ​goods and ​servicesbought from other ​countries)
(Definition of balance of payments from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"balance of payments" in Business English

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balance of paymentsnoun [singular]

uk   us  
ECONOMICS the difference between the ​amount of ​money a country receives from ​exports, ​foreigntrade, etc. and the ​amount it ​spends on ​imports, etc. from other countries: A ​healthybalance of ​payments and huge foreign-exchange ​reserves will ​allow most Asian countries to ​financeexpensiveoilimports for a ​longtime. a balance of ​paymentsdeficit/​surplus
(Definition of balance of payments from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “balance of payments”
in Chinese (Simplified) 国际收支差额…
in Turkish ödemeler dengesi…
in Russian платежный баланс…
in Chinese (Traditional) 國際收支差額…
in Polish bilans płatniczy…
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