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

     

    net

     verb
    verb
    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//
     
     
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  1. 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.
  2. 2net something to catch something, especially fish, in a net
  3. 3net somebody/something to catch somebody or obtain something in a skilful way A swoop by customs officers netted a large quantity of drugs.
  4. 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.
  5. 5net something to cover something with a net or nets It is a good idea to net the strawberry plants.
  6. Word Originverb sense 1 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. verb senses 2 to 5 Old English net, nett, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch net and German Netz.