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.

Definitions of gross
  1. adjective
    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
  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
    unmitigated
    not diminished or moderated in intensity or severity; sometimes used as an intensifier
  4. adjective
    before any deductions
    gross income”
    Synonyms:
    overall
    including everything
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    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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  5. noun
    the entire amount of income before any deductions are made
    synonyms: receipts, revenue
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    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
  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
    indecent
    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
    conspicuous
    obvious to the eye or mind
  9. adjective
    repellently fat
    synonyms: porcine
    fat
    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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