- 1net something to earn an amount of money as a profit after you have paid tax on it The sale of paintings netted £17 000. The team have negotiated a sponsorship deal which should net them £30 000 over the next nine months.
- 2net something to catch something, especially fish, in a net
- 3net somebody/something to catch somebody or obtain something in a skilful way A swoop by customs officers netted a large quantity of drugs.
- 4net something (especially British English) to kick or hit a ball into the goal synonym score He has netted 21 goals so far this season.
- 5net something to cover something with a net or nets It is a good idea to net the strawberry plants. Word Originverb sense 1 Middle English (in the senses ‘clean’ and ‘smart’): from French net
BrE BrE//net//; NAmE NAmE//net//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they net
BrE BrE//net//; NAmE NAmE//net//he / she / it nets
BrE BrE//nets//; NAmE NAmE//nets//past simple netted
BrE BrE//ˈnetɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈnetɪd//past participle netted
BrE BrE//ˈnetɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈnetɪd//-ing form netting
BrE BrE//ˈnetɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈnetɪŋ//