grossgross1 /ɡrəʊs $ ɡroʊs/ ●●○S3 adjective1total [only before noun]a)BFTOTALa grosssum of money is the total amount before any tax or costs have been taken away → neta gross profit of $5 milliongross income/salary/pay etca family with gross earnings of just £75 per weekb)TMTOTALa gross weight is the total weight of something, including its wrapping► see thesaurus at profit2very bad [only before noun]BAD BEHAVIOUR OR ACTIONS clearly wrong and unacceptablegross negligence/misconduct etcsoldiers accused of gross violations of human rightsThe company described reports of environmental disaster as gross exaggeration.gross indecency (=the crime of doing something that is sexually offensive)3nasty spokenDISGUSTING very unpleasant to look at or think about syn disgustingOoh, gross! I hate spinach!4fatFAT informal extremely fat and unattractive —grossly adverb [+adj/adverb]Lambert was grossly overweight.Medical records were found to be grossly inadequate. —grossness noun [uncountable]
gross• She earns about $100,000 a year gross.grossgross3 verb [transitive]TOTALto gain an amount as a total profit, or earn it as a total amount, before tax has been taken away → netThe movie has already grossed over $10 million. →gross somebody ↔ out→ See Verb table
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gross• Three years later, he had acquired a chain of theaters that grossed $ 10,000 a week.• The theater currently grosses $ 14 million a year, $ 900,000 of which goes to the city.• If it grossed 40 with video and everything, then they'd have made a good profit.• Jackgrosses $58,000 a year, but he has to pay taxes and healthinsurance out of that.• The animatedfilm "Jungle Book" grossed $7.7 million.• Hoffert said the business grossed about $ 285,000 last year, and will do better in 2000.• He was trying to gross me out.• Walmax, a Californiasuperstore, grosses more than eight million dollars annually.• If you gross over $100,000, you should consult a good tax accountant.• With the associated tax break, the promised returns could gross up into handsomerewards.• If you found the opening pitch a bit over the top, the follow-up would gross you out completely.
grossgross4 noun (plural gross) [countable]HMNa quantity of 144 thingsgross oftwo gross of candles
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gross• Cats has made a gross of over $460 million in the United States alone.• May you now dance in the streets and support a gross of towns!• a gross of pencils• Two years ago, an averagegross margin might have been £200 / acre, he points out.• Sums of less than £25,000 earn 5.7 per centgross, while sums of more than £25,000 earn 5.95 per cent gross.• The average Kirby factory distributorgrosses more than $ 1 million a year, he says, and many gross even more.• Kenoaccounted for 16 percent of its gross, or $ 421 million gross sales the past fiscal year.• I just thought, you know, how much gross are they going to get?• The EconomicsMinistry said today gross domestic product probably shrank in the fourth quarter of 1995.• The government will release a preliminaryestimate of full-year gross domestic product tomorrow.From Longman Business Dictionarygrossgross1 /grəʊsgroʊs/ adjective [only before a noun]1ACCOUNTINGa gross amount of money is the total amount before any costs or taxes have been taken awayMortgage payments often account for up to 30% of people’s gross earnings.Last year, their travel and tourism business generated upwards of $400 million in gross revenues. → comparenet12a gross weight is the total weight of something, including the container or wrapping and the contentsCoaches with a gross weight of less than 3.5 tons must be fitted with seat belts that comply with EU regulations.3gross behaviour is seriously wrong and unacceptableThe inquiry uncovered gross mismanagement at the Department.grossgross2 noun (plural gross)1[singular]COMMERCE the amount paid by people to go and see a film in a particular period of time SYN GROSS RECEIPTSDuring its first weekend, the film had a box office gross of $95 million.2[singular]ACCOUNTING the amount earned by a person or a business before costs and taxes are taken awayWhile album sales once accounted for only a tiny share of his revenue, they now account for the majority of his annual gross of about $100,000.3[countable] a quantity of 144 thingsa cardboard box containing two gross of packets of Maltesersgrossgross3 verb [transitive]1especially American EnglishCOMMERCE if a film grosses a particular amount, people pay that total amount of money to see itThe film grossed $18.5 million in its opening weekend.2especially American EnglishACCOUNTING if a person or business grosses a particular amount, they earn that total amount of money before costs and tax have been taken awayHe has never grossed over $50,000 dollars a year. →gross something → up→ See Verb tablegrossgross4 adverbACCOUNTINGFINANCETAXif a person, business, or investment earns a particular amount gross, they earn that amount before tax has been taken awayLeading shares now earn just 6% gross and pay dividends of 4% after tax.