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netnoun [C]

 us   /net/
  • net noun [C] (MATERIAL)

a ​piece of ​material made of ​long, ​narrowstripswoven so that there are ​spaces between them: fishing nets a ​volleyball net

netadjective [not gradable]

 us   /net/
(of ​moneyreceived from ​selling something) ​left after you have ​subtracted the ​cost of what you are ​selling, and other ​expensesrelated to it: net ​income/​profit fig. The net ​result (= ​result after everything has been ​considered) of the ​changes will be fewer ​trains for most ​suburban commuters. Net ​weight is the ​weight of something ​contained in a ​package, without ​including the ​weight of the ​package. physics Net ​force is the ​totalamount of ​force that is in ​effect on an ​object at a ​particulartime.

netverb [T]

 us   /net/ (-tt-)
  • net verb [T] (GET)

to ​succeed in getting something of ​value, esp. as the ​result of a ​plan of ​action: The ​deal netted the ​onlinevideocompany $23 million.
  • net verb [T] (HIT INTO NET)

(in ​sports) to ​hit the ​ball into a net ​instead of over it: He netted an ​easybackhand in the fifth ​game to ​lose the ​tennismatch. To net is also to ​catch something in a net: They netted five ​crabs.
  • net verb [T] (HAVE LEFT OVER)

to have ​left after you have ​subtracted the ​cost of what you are ​selling, and other ​expensesrelated to it: Smithsonian, on a ​gross of $28 million, netted $7 million with one ​magazine.

Netnoun [U]

 us   /net/
short form ofInternet Net is also used at the end of a US ​Internetaddress to show that the ​addressbelongs to a ​network:
(Definition of net from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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uk   us   /net/ (plural -tt-)
  • net noun (MATERIAL)

B1 [C or U] material made of ​threads of ​rope, ​string, ​wire, or ​plastic with ​spaces between them, ​allowinggas, ​liquid, or ​smallobjects to go through, or an ​object made with this ​material that is used to ​limit the ​movement of something: a ​fishing net a ​butterfly net Dolphins often get ​tangled in the nets that are used to ​catchtunafish.UK The living-room ​windows have net curtains that ​let in ​sunlight but ​stop passers-by ​looking in from the ​street.

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  • net noun (SPORT)

B1 [C] a ​rectangularpiece of ​material made from ​string, used to ​separate the two ​sides in ​varioussports: If the ​balltouches the net during a ​serve in a ​game of ​tennis, you have to ​serve again.B1 [C] the ​areasurrounded by a ​piece of ​material made from ​string into which a ​ball or ​puck is put in ​order to ​scorepoints in ​varioussports: His ​penaltykickplaced the ​balldecisively in the back of the net. a ​basketball net

netverb [T]

uk   us   /net/ (-tt-)
  • net verb [T] (CATCH)

to ​catch something using a net: How many ​fish did you net this ​afternoon? to get something good or to ​earn a lot of ​money from something: [+ two objects] She netted herself a ​fortune when she ​sold her ​company. Mark's netted himself a ​topjob with an ​advertisingcompany. She netted $10 million (for herself) from the ​sale of her ​company.
  • net verb [T] (SCORE)

If you net the ​ball during a ​game such as ​football, you ​score a ​goal: He ​secured a ​dramaticvictory for ​England by netting the ​ballhalf a ​minute before the end of the ​game.

netadjective [before or after noun]

(-tt-) (UK also nett) uk   us   /net/
left when there is nothing ​else to be taken away: I ​earn $50,000 ​gross, but my net income (= ​income that is ​left after ​tax has been ​paid) is about $36,000. The net weight of something ​excludes the ​weight of the ​material that it is ​packed in.

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uk   /ˌdɒtˈnet/  us   /ˌdɑːt-/
network: the ​part of an internet ​address that ​shows it ​belongs to a ​network or a ​business
(Definition of net from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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uk   us   /ˌdɒtˈnet/ INTERNET
part of an ​internetaddress that ​shows that it belongs to a ​business, often a ​network that ​providesinternetservices: Their ​websiteaddress is


uk   us   /net/
[U] US (also net income, also net profit) MONEY, TAX the ​amount of ​profit that a ​business has ​left after ​tax has been ​paid: The company's fourth-quarter net edged ​higher to $22.4 million from $22 million.
cast/spread your net wide to ​include many ​people or things when you are looking for something or ​trying to do something: With ​unemployment in the ​area below 1%, it has had to ​cast its net wide to ​fill the 70 ​jobs it expects to ​create this ​year.
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netverb [T]

uk   us   /net/
ACCOUNTING if something nets a ​person or a ​business an ​amount of ​money, it ​produces that ​amount for them after all ​costs have been ​paid: a deal/scheme/sale nets sb sth The ​sale of the three ​bigoilenterprises could net the country $3 ​billion.
ACCOUNTING to ​earn an ​amount of ​profit after ​tax and other ​costs have been ​paid: He had netted $1 million before he was sb sth The ​business was ​sold in 1998, netting him £174m. People who decided to ​sell netted a huge profit.
informal to obtain or ​achieve something good: His 200 ​applications netted only three callbacks.


( UK also nett) uk   us   /net/
ACCOUNTING, FINANCE used to describe an ​amount of ​money that is ​left after ​tax and other ​costs have been ​paid: net amount/gain/loss Sixty ​percent of any net ​gain or ​loss will be ​treated as ​long-termcapitalgain or ​ earnings/income/profit She favored ​switching the ​system entirely from a ​tax on net ​companyprofits to one on the ​grossvalue of the ​oil.a net increase/decrease in sth The ​state will see a net ​increase of $743 million in ​income, ​sales, and other ​taxrevenue. net ​costs/​debt/​revenue
COMMERCE, PRODUCTION used to describe a ​situation in which the ​value of ​goodssold or ​exported by one country is more than the ​value of the same ​type of ​goodssold or ​exported by the other: The UK became a net ​exporter of ​oil.
used to describe what is ​left after everything important has been ​included or ​removed: net effect/impact/result The net ​result of all the ​changes in ​employmentlevels was a ​solidgain of 157,000 ​jobs last month.


uk   us   /net/
ACCOUNTING, FINANCE after ​tax and other ​costs have been ​paid: She ​earns a ​salary of $60,000 net.
(Definition of .net from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “net”
in Korean 그물, 망사…
in Arabic شَبَكة…
in Malaysian jaring…
in French (de/au) filet…
in Russian сетчатый материал, сеть, сетка…
in Chinese (Traditional) 材料, 網, 網狀物…
in Italian rete…
in Turkish ağ, file…
in Polish siatka, sieć…
in Spanish red, malla…
in Vietnamese lưới…
in Portuguese rede…
in Thai แห…
in German das Netz, Netz-……
in Catalan xarxa, malla…
in Japanese 網, 網(織物)…
in Chinese (Simplified) 材料, 网, 网状物…
in Indonesian jaring…
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