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English definition of “zero”

zero

noun
 
 
/ˈzɪərəʊ/ (plural zeros, or zeroes)
[C or U] the number 0: They agreed to cut tariffs 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 sustainable business development is to drive outputs of hazardous waste to zero.zero cost/growth The economic reform packages 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)
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