Meaning of “bottom line” in the English Dictionary

"bottom line" in British English

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bottom linenoun [ S ]

uk /ˌbɒt.əm ˈlaɪn/ us /ˌbɑː.t̬əm ˈlaɪn/

(Definition of “bottom line” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"bottom line" in American English

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bottom linenoun [ C ]

us /ˈbɑt̬·əm ˈlɑɪn/

bottom line noun [ C ] (FINANCES)

the total profit or loss of a company at the end of a particular period of time:

How will the rise in interest rates affect our bottom line?

bottom line noun [ C ] (FINAL RESULT)

the final result or the most important consideration of a situation, activity, or discussion:

The bottom line is that they lost the game.

(Definition of “bottom line” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"bottom line" in Business English

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bottom linenoun [ S ]

uk us

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)