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.

Definitions of gross
  1. adjective
    lacking fine distinctions or detail
    “the gross details of the structure appear reasonable”
    applying to all or most members of a category or group
  2. adjective
    visible to the naked eye (especially of rocks and anatomical features)
    synonyms: megascopic
    seeable, visible
    capable of being seen; or open to easy view
  3. adjective
    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
    not diminished or moderated in intensity or severity; sometimes used as an intensifier
  4. adjective
    before any deductions
    gross income”
    including everything
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    net, nett
    remaining after all deductions
    clear of charges or deductions
    (of salary or wages) remaining after all deductions including taxes
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  5. noun
    the entire amount of income before any deductions are made
    synonyms: receipts, revenue
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    box office
    total admission receipts for an entertainment
    total admission receipts at a sports event
    type of:
    amount, amount of money, sum, sum of money
    a quantity of money
  6. verb
    earn before taxes, expenses, etc.
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    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
  7. adjective
    conspicuously and tastelessly indecent
    “a revoltingly gross expletive”
    synonyms: crude, earthy, vulgar
    offensive to good taste especially in sexual matters
  8. adjective
    conspicuously and outrageously bad or reprehensible
    gross ineptitude”
    gross injustice”
    synonyms: crying, egregious, flagrant, glaring, rank
    obvious to the eye or mind
  9. adjective
    repellently fat
    synonyms: porcine
    having an (over)abundance of flesh
  10. noun
    twelve dozen
    synonyms: 144
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    type of:
    large integer
    an integer equal to or greater than ten
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