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net

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/ nɛt /
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noun
verb (used with object), net·ted, net·ting.
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Origin of net

1
First recorded before 900; Middle English, Old English noun net(t); cognate with Dutch, Old Norse net, Gothic nati, German Netz; akin to Latin nōdus “knot”; verb derivative of the noun

OTHER WORDS FROM net

net·ta·ble, adjectivenetlike, adjective

Other definitions for net (2 of 3)

net2
[ net ]
/ nɛt /

adjective
remaining after deductions, as for charges or expenses (opposed to gross): net earnings.
sold at a stated price with all parts and charges included and with all deductions having been made.
final; totally conclusive: After all that work, what was the net result?
(of weight) after deduction of tare, tret, or both.
noun
net income, profit, or the like.
verb (used with object), net·ted, net·ting.
to gain or produce as clear profit.

Origin of net

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1300–50; Middle English; variant of neat1

OTHER WORDS FROM net

net·ta·ble, adjective

Other definitions for net (3 of 3)

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NET VS. GROSS

What’s the difference between net and gross?

In the context of finance and accounting, net refers to the final amount that remains after deductions have been made, while gross refers to the total amount before any deductions.

Of course, net and gross are common words with many other meanings, but these senses of net and gross 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 net and gross 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 net and gross.

Quiz yourself on net vs. gross!

Should net or gross be used in the following sentence?

I expect to _____ $1,000, after expenses.

How to use net in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for net (1 of 3)

net1
/ (nɛt) /

noun
verb nets, netting or netted

Word Origin for net

Old English net; related to Gothic nati, Dutch net

British Dictionary definitions for net (2 of 3)

net2

nett

/ (nɛt) /

adjective
remaining after all deductions, as for taxes, expenses, losses, etcnet profit Compare gross (def. 2)
(of weight) after deducting tare
ultimate; final; conclusive (esp in the phrase net result)
noun
net income, profits, weight, etc
verb nets, netting or netted
(tr) to yield or earn as clear profit

Word Origin for net

C14: clean, neat, from French net neat 1; related to Dutch net, German nett

British Dictionary definitions for net (3 of 3)

net3

the internet domain name for
a company or organization
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Cultural definitions for net

net

What remains after all deductions have been made. (Compare gross.)

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