- to disgust or offend, especially by crude language or behavior.
- to shock or horrify.
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GROSS VS. NET
What’s the difference between gross and net?
In the context of finance and accounting, gross refers to the total amount before any deductions, while net refers to the final amount that remains after deductions have been made.
Of course, gross and net are common words with many other meanings, but these senses of gross and net are used in the context of measuring something (especially money) that has been accumulated—profit, income, earnings, gains, etc.
The amount described or referred to as gross is everything that has been taken in, not accounting for things like debts, deductions, and expenses. The amount described or referred to as net is how much you have left after you’ve subtracted anything that doesn’t count toward profit, like debts and expenses.
In other words, net is basically gross minus whatever you owe or have spent. For this reason, net is always lower than gross.
For example, let’s say you decide to sell cupcakes at a bake sale. You spend $15 on ingredients, and you have to rent a table for $5, which equals $20 in expenses. Good news, you make $50 in cupcake sales. Your gross is $50. Minus the $20 in expenses, your net is $30. You could say you grossed $50 and netted $30.
To remember the difference, remember that a net sifts whatever goes into it so that only some remains.
Here’s an example of gross and net used correctly in the same sentence.
Example: For this quarter, gross income was $2 million, but $1.25 million in expenses and outstanding debts resulted in a net of only $750,000.
Want to learn more? Read the full breakdown of the difference between gross and net.
Quiz yourself on gross vs. net!
Should gross or net be used in the following sentence?
I expect to _____ $1,000, after expenses.
How to use gross in a sentence
In its Q3 update, Klarna wrote that it saw 43 percent growth in gross merchandise volume during the first nine months of the year.As BNPL startups raise, a look at Klarna, Affirm and Afterpay earnings|Alex Wilhelm|February 26, 2021|TechCrunch
Besides Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke and Howl’s Moving Castle—both from Studio Ghibli—as well as Makoto Shinkai’s 2016 hit project Your Name have ranked in Japan’s top 10 highest-grossing films.Everything to Know About Demon Slayer: The Manga, TV Series and Record-Breaking Film|Kat Moon|February 24, 2021|Time
Giants like Apple, Alphabet, Amazon, Facebook, and Microsoft collectively hold more than $570 billion in gross cash.How behemoth companies quash innovation|Katie McLean|February 24, 2021|MIT Technology Review
House Bill 6187 would impose a flat 10% tax on gross revenues from digital ad sales inside the state by companies with annual global revenues exceeding $10 billion.Media Briefing: Publishers’ and platforms’ businesses settle into the new normal|Tim Peterson|February 18, 2021|Digiday
Much of that was due to Detective Chinatown 3, a heist comedy made in China, which grossed $424 million on its own.China no longer needs Hollywood movies|Adam Epstein|February 16, 2021|Quartz
World GDP (including North Pole toyshop gross output) is $84.97 trillion.Santa Fails One More Time|P. J. O’Rourke|December 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In its opening weekend the movie Heaven Is For Real (budget: $12 million) doubled its gross.The Biggest Bombs of 2014: ‘Sex Tape,’ Mariah Carey’s Vocals, ‘How I Met Your Mother’ and More|Kevin Fallon|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The sex workers I spoke with rightly call it “vile,” “gross,” “terrifying,” and “exploitative.”To Catch a Sex Worker: A&E’s Awful, Exploitative Ambush Show|Samantha Allen|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The film was made with a reported $90 million but imploded with a $39 million domestic gross.The Biggest Bombs of 2014: ‘Sex Tape,’ Mariah Carey’s Vocals, ‘How I Met Your Mother’ and More|Kevin Fallon|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Insult to injury, its $43 million gross was less than one-fifth of what Ted took in.The Biggest Bombs of 2014: ‘Sex Tape,’ Mariah Carey’s Vocals, ‘How I Met Your Mother’ and More|Kevin Fallon|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Life is represented as struggling to free herself from the gross earthly forms that cling to her.Women in the fine arts, from the Seventh Century B.C. to the Twentieth Century A.D.|Clara Erskine Clement
Does a friend come and add to the gross character of such a man the unknown trait of disgusting gluttony?The Portsmouth Road and Its Tributaries|Charles G. Harper
All these gross absurdities show, that the real spirit has nothing whatever to do with such absurd doctrines or productions.Second Edition of A Discovery Concerning Ghosts|George Cruikshank
When the hern or bitron flies low, the air is gross, and thickening into showers.
To abandon any part of the inheritance of primitive times would be gross heresy, a fatal dereliction of Christian duty.The English Church in the Eighteenth Century|Charles J. Abbey and John H. Overton
British Dictionary definitions for gross
- the entire amount
- the great majority
Derived forms of grossgrossly, adverbgrossness, noun
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Cultural definitions for gross
Exclusive of deductions, prior to taxation, as in gross income. (Compare net.) Total, aggregate, as in gross domestic product.