Definition of net adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//net//
    ; NAmE NAmE//net//
    (British English also nett)
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  1. 1[usually before noun] a net amount of money is the amount that remains when nothing more is to be taken away a net profit of £500 net income/earnings (= after tax has been paid) What do you earn net of tax? compare gross
  2. 2[only before noun] the net weight of something is the weight without its container or the material it is wrapped in 450 gms net weight compare gross
  3. 3[only before noun] final, after all the important facts have been included The net result is that small shopkeepers are being forced out of business. Canada is now a substantial net importer of medicines (= it imports more than it exports). a net gain
  4. Word Originadjective Middle English (in the senses ‘clean’ and ‘smart’): from French net ‘neat’, from Latin nitidus ‘shining’, from nitere ‘to shine’. The sense ‘free from deductions’ is first recorded in late Middle English.
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