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 such as dissecting an animal or filthy behavior, you're looking at the adjective gross. Ew! That guy is gross. If you're talking about, say, how much money a movie made, that's the noun gross. That was the biggest gross in history! Likewise, the verb to gross is to pull in money. The bake sale grossed 29 bucks! But remember, the gross is how much you made in total, not how much you cleared — the "net" or "profit."

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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