net meaning

[ net ] Pronunciation:   "net" in a sentence
Adjective: net  net
  1. Remaining after all deductions
    "net profit"
    - nett 
  2. Conclusive in a process or progression
    "the net result"
    - final, last
Noun: net  net
  1. A computer network consisting of a worldwide network of computer networks that use the TCP/IP network protocols to facilitate data transmission and exchange
    - internet, cyberspace, Internet 
  2. A trap made of netting to catch fish or birds or insects 
  3. The excess of revenues over outlays in a given period of time (including depreciation and other non-cash expenses)
    - net income, net profit, lucre, profit, profits, earnings 
  4. A goal lined with netting (as in soccer or hockey) 
  5. Game equipment consisting of a strip of netting dividing the playing area in tennis or badminton 
  6. An open fabric of string or rope or wire woven together at regular intervals
    - network, mesh, meshing, meshwork
Verb: net (netted,netting)  net
  1. Make as a net profit
    - sack, sack up, clear 
  2. Yield as a net profit
    "This sale netted me $1 million"
    - clear 
  3. Construct or form a web, as if by weaving
    - web 
  4. Catch with a net
    "net a fish"
    - nett

Derived forms: nets, netting, netted

See also: clear, netting, take-home, ultimate

Type of: bear, benefit, catch, cloth, computer network, fabric, gain, game equipment, goal, grab, income, material, pay, profit, take hold of, textile, tissue, trap, weave, yield

Antonym: gross

Encyclopedia: Net Net, The

noun, adverb, verb



1 the Net [sing.] = INTERNET:

surfing the Net

2 [C,U] (AmE)

a net amount or weight:

The third quarter net was up 6%.


adjective (BrE spelling also nett)

1 (Accounting ) [usually before noun]

a net amount of money is the amount that remains when nothing more is to be taken away:

record net profits of £360 m

The salary is €40 000 net of tax.


a net loss/profit/operating loss/operating profit net earnings/income/proceeds/sales

2 [only before noun]

final, after all the important facts have been included:

The net result is that small shopkeepers are being forced out of business.

net adverb:

a salary of €50 000 net

Interest on the investment will be paid net

(= tax will already have been taken away).


verb [+ obj] (-tt-)


to earn an amount of money as a profit after you have taken away some of it for tax, etc:

After paying all his debts, he netted $50 000.



to manage to obtain sth:

The deal netted over €200 000.

The bonus plan could have netted the group a top CEO.


net sth down (to sth); net down (to sth) (Finance )

to take sth away from an amount until only the net amount is left:

The $3 extra income per customer from the promotion nets down to $2.50 because it cost $.50 per customer.

◆ (figurative) I could net this section of my talk down to one sentence.

net out at/to sth (Accounting )

to produce an amount of money after some has been taken away for tax and other expenses:

They are offering $100 cashback, so the phone nets out at only $50.

The short-term payback, when reduced for start-up costs of €442 213, nets out at €624 287.

An indication that something has been subtracted. The word appears in economics in a variety of contexts. Net price is price after subtracting any discounts, for prompt payment or otherwise. Net weight is the weight of a product excluding packaging. Net investment is total or gross investment minus an estimate of capital consumption. The net national product is similarly equal to gross national product, the total of all value added in the economy, minus capital consumption. Net exports are total exports minus total imports. The net assets of a firm are its total, or gross, assets minus its liabilities. The Net Book Agreement in the UK fixed the minimum prices at which books might be sold, forbidding reductions by booksellers.

The gain or loss on a security sale as measured by the selling price of a security less the adjusted cost of acquisition.

n : NETWORK ‹in the portal system, blood passes through two capillary nets —E. B. Steen & Ashley Montagu›
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  1. the vice president has no such safety nets.
  2. the net around yugoslavia was closing.
  3. the fishermen cast their nets into the sea.
  4. margaret failed to net her lord.
  5. the three friends held by the net.

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