gross

Get ready, because gross has a few different meanings. When something is gross, it's disgusting. The noun, a gross, is the complete amount (before expenses), and the verb "to gross" is to bring in money.

Two things will tell you which meaning is the right one with a word like gross: the part of speech and the context. If you're talking about awful, sickening, vile things, you're looking at the adjective gross. If you're referring to, say, how much money a movie made, that's the noun gross; but remember, the gross is how much the movie made in total, not how much it cleared in profit after expenses (the net). As a noun, gross can also be a unit of measurement: if your teacher orders a gross of pencils, he'll get a shipment of 12 dozen. The verb to gross means to pull in money, as in: the bake sale grossed 30 dollar.

Primary Meanings of gross

1.
adj
lacking fine distinctions or detail
2.
adjnv
without qualification; used informally as (often pejorative) intensifiers
the entire amount of income before any deductions are made
earn before taxes, expenses, etc.
3.
adj
conspicuously and tastelessly indecent
4.
n
twelve dozen
Full Definitions of gross
1

adj lacking fine distinctions or detail

“the gross details of the structure appear reasonable”
Synonyms:
general
applying to all or most members of a category or group

adj visible to the naked eye (especially of rocks and anatomical features)

Synonyms:
megascopic
seeable, visible
capable of being seen; or open to easy view
2

adj without qualification; used informally as (often pejorative) intensifiers

gross negligence”
Synonyms:
arrant, complete, consummate, double-dyed, everlasting, perfect, pure, sodding, staring, stark, thoroughgoing, unadulterated, utter
unmitigated
not diminished or moderated in intensity or severity; sometimes used as an intensifier

adj before any deductions

gross income”
Synonyms:
overall
including everything
Antonyms:
net, nett
remaining after all deductions
clear
clear of charges or deductions
take-home
(of salary or wages) remaining after all deductions including taxes
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n the entire amount of income before any deductions are made

Synonyms:
receipts, revenue
Types:
box office
total admission receipts for an entertainment
gate
total admission receipts at a sports event
Type of:
amount, amount of money, sum, sum of money
a quantity of money

v earn before taxes, expenses, etc.

Type of:
bring in, clear, earn, gain, make, pull in, realise, realize, take in
earn on some commercial or business transaction; earn as salary or wages
3

adj conspicuously and tastelessly indecent

“a revoltingly gross expletive”
Synonyms:
crude, earthy, vulgar
indecent
offensive to good taste especially in sexual matters

adj conspicuously and outrageously bad or reprehensible

gross ineptitude”
gross injustice”
Synonyms:
crying, egregious, flagrant, glaring, rank
conspicuous
obvious to the eye or mind

adj repellently fat

Synonyms:
porcine
fat
having an (over)abundance of flesh
4

n twelve dozen

Synonyms:
144
Type of:
large integer
an integer equal to or greater than ten

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