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adjective net pronunciation in American English /net/
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  1. 1
    a net amount of money is the total amount after taxes or costs have been removed
    net gain/loss etc.: net profits of $143,000
    Net earnings per share amounted to $0.78.
    See also gross1
  2. 2
    [only before noun] a net effect or result is the final one, after everything has been considered
    The net effect of this policy has been higher employment but lower wages.



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