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"gross" in American English

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grossadjective

 us   /ɡroʊs/
  • gross adjective (EXTREME)

[-er/-est only] (esp. of something bad or wrong) extreme or obvious: The birds die from hunger, thirst, and gross overcrowding.
  • gross adjective (UNPLEASANT)

[-er/-est only] infml rude or offensive: She watches these really gross movies. "Gross!" Pamela says as she wipes the goo off her fingers.
  • gross adjective (TOTAL)

[not gradable] (of earnings) total, before tax is paid or costs are subtracted: Investors have earned gross income of $780 million.

grossverb [T]

 us   /ɡroʊs/
to earn as a total before expenses are subtracted: The film grossed over $200 million.
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grossnoun

 us   /ɡroʊs/
  • gross noun (NUMBER)

[C] (plural gross) a group of 144 items
(Definition of gross from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"gross" in British English

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grossadjective, adverb

uk   /ɡrəʊs/  us   /ɡroʊs/
C1 (in) total: A person's gross income is the money they earn before tax is deducted from it. Once wrapped, the gross weight of the package is 2.1 kg. She earns £30,000 a year gross.

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grossadjective

uk   /ɡrəʊs/  us   /ɡroʊs/

grossverb [T]

uk   /ɡrəʊs/  us   /ɡroʊs/

grossnoun [C]

uk   /ɡrəʊs/  us   /ɡroʊs/ (plural gross) old-fashioned
(Definition of gross from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"gross" in Business English

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grossadjective

uk   us   /ɡrəʊs/
FINANCE, TAX, ACCOUNTING used to describe a total amount of money before tax, etc. is taken off: gross earnings/income/revenue The company posted gross earnings of $150.8 million. gross salary/wagesgross interest/return/yield Basic-rate taxpayers need to earn 4% gross interest to beat inflation.
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[before noun] formal LAW extremely bad: gross misconduct/mismanagement/negligence

grossadverb

uk   us   /ɡrəʊs/
FINANCE, TAX, ACCOUNTING before tax, etc. is taken off: He earns €75,000 a year gross.

grossverb [T]

uk   us   /ɡrəʊs/
FINANCE to earn a total amount before tax, etc. is taken off: He grossed over $100,000 last year.
COMMERCE to earn a particular amount in ticket sales: It has become the highest grossing film of all time.
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grossnoun [C]

uk   us   /ɡrəʊs/
COMMERCE the total amount of money that a film makes in sales of cinema tickets: a gross of sth His latest film opened with a gross of just $6 million.
FINANCE the amount that a person or business earns before tax and costs have been taken away: a gross of sth Her company showed a 25% profit on a gross of about $200,000 in 2010.
MEASURES a quantity of 144 of something: a gross of sth a gross of apples
(Definition of gross from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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