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adjective gross pronunciation in American English /ɡroʊs/
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  1. 1
    a gross amount of money is the total amount before taxes or costs have been taken out
    a company with gross revenues of $50,000,000
    In 1984 women earned only 66 percent of men’s gross weekly earnings.
    See also net1
  2. 2
    [only before noun] gross actions are extremely bad and are considered immoral by most people
    He was dismissed for gross misconduct.
    gross negligence/mismanagement: They were accused of gross negligence.
    1. a.
      extreme and unreasonable
      That is a gross distortion of the truth.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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