zero Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “zero” in the English Dictionary

"zero" in British English

See all translations

zeronumber

uk   /ˈzɪə.rəʊ/  us   /ˈzɪr.oʊ/ (plural zeros)
A2 [C or U] (the ​number) 0; nothing: Five, four, three, two, one, zero. The ​number one million is written with a one and six zeros. Heavy ​rain has ​reducedvisibilityalmost to zero (= ​itslowestpoint).B1 [U] on a set of ​numbers for ​comparingtemperature in ​degreesCelsius, the ​level of ​temperature at which ​waterfreezes: The ​temperature is ​expected to ​drop to ten ​degrees below zero ​tonight.
More examples

zeroadjective

uk   /ˈzɪə.rəʊ/  us   /ˈzɪr.oʊ/
not any or no: zero ​growth/​inflationinformal He said that his ​chances of getting the ​job were zero (= he had no ​chance).
(Definition of zero from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"zero" in American English

See all translations

zeronumber

 us   /ˈzɪər·oʊ, ˈzi·roʊ/ (plural zeros or zeroes)

zero number (NUMBER)

0

zeronoun [U]

 us   /ˈzɪər·oʊ, ˈzi·roʊ/

zero noun [U] (NOTHING)

nothing; not anything: Visibility in the ​fog was just about zero.

zeroadjective [not gradable]

 us   /ˈzɪər·oʊ, ˈzi·roʊ/

zero adjective [not gradable] (NOT ANY)

not any or no: The ​economyshowed zero ​growth in the first ​quarter of this ​year.
(Definition of zero from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"zero" in Business English

See all translations

zeronoun

uk   us   /ˈzɪərəʊ/ (plural zeros, or zeroes)
[C or U] the ​number 0: They ​agreed to ​cuttariffs on 4,000 ​categories of ​goods to between zero and 5% by 2013.
[U] nothing at all, or the ​lowest possible ​amount: The ​intent of ​sustainablebusinessdevelopment is to ​drive outputs of ​hazardouswaste to zero.zero cost/growth The ​economicreformpackages stirred the ​economy from zero ​growth.
[U] MEASURES on a set of ​numbers for comparing temperature in degrees Celsius, the ​level of temperature at which water ​freezes: The temperature ​dropped to ten degrees below zero.
informal →  zero coupon bond
(Definition of zero from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of zero?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

“zero” in Business English

Word of the Day
coeducational

having male and female students being taught together in the same school or college rather than separately

Word of the Day