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Definition of net adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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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 15 oz. net weight compare gross
  3. 3[only before noun] final, after all the important facts have been included The net result is that small storeowners 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. a salary of $50 ,000 net Interest on the investment will be paid net (= tax will already have been taken out). compare gross
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