Meaning of “cash flow” in the English Dictionary

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

"cash flow" in American English

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cash flownoun [ U ]

us /ˈkæʃ ˌfloʊ/

the rate at which money goes into, or into and out of, a business:

As long as that positive cash flow continues, there'll be a need to spend it.

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"cash flow" in Business English

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cash flownoun [ U ]

also cashflow uk us ACCOUNTING, FINANCE

the movement of money into and out of a company's accounts, used as a measure of how much money the company spends and receives and how much profit it makes over a particular period of time:

good/healthy/strong cashflow It is a well-run company with strong cashflow.
improve/maintain/maximise cash flow Bartering can help you generate sales and improve cash flow and profits.
a cashflow problem/crisis
negative cash flow

a situation in which a company spends more money than it receives in order to do business over a particular period:

When starting a business you face a constant negative cash flow until your sales build up.
positive cash flow

a situation in which a company receives more money over a particular period than it spends:

Lenders like a positive cash flow because it provides some assurance that they might get their money back.

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(Definition of “cash flow” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)