Meaning of GROSS in English

GROSS

(~er, ~est, ~es, ~ing, ~ed)

Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English.

Note: The plural of the number is '~'.

1.

You use ~ to describe something unacceptable or unpleasant to a very great amount, degree, or intensity.

The company were guilty of ~ negligence.

...an act of ~ injustice.

ADJ: ADJ n

~ly

Funding of education had been ~ly inadequate for years...

She was ~ly overweight.

ADV: ADV -ed/adj

2.

If you say that someone’s speech or behaviour is ~, you think it is very rude or unacceptable.

He abused the Admiral in the ~est terms...

I feel disgusted and wonder how I could ever have been so ~.

ADJ disapproval

3.

If you describe something as ~, you think it is very unpleasant. (INFORMAL)

They had a commercial on the other night for Drug Free America that was so ~ I thought Daddy was going to faint...

He wears really ~ holiday outfits.

ADJ disapproval

4.

If you describe someone as ~, you mean that they are extremely fat and unattractive.

I only resist things like chocolate if I feel really ~.

ADJ: v-link ADJ disapproval

5.

Gross means the total amount of something, especially money, before any has been taken away.

...a fixed rate account guaranteeing 10.4% ~ interest or 7.8% net until October.

ADJ: ADJ n

Gross is also an adverb.

Interest is paid ~, rather than having tax deducted.

...a father earning ?20,000 ~ a year.

ADV: ADV after v

6.

Gross means the total amount of something, after all the relevant amounts have been added together.

National Savings ~ sales in June totalled ?709 million.

ADJ: ADJ n

7.

Gross means the total weight of something, including its container or wrapping.

ADJ: ADJ n

8.

If a person or a business ~es a particular amount of money, they earn that amount of money before tax has been taken away. (BUSINESS)

So far the films have ~ed more than ?590 million.

VERB: V n

9.

A ~ is a group of 144 things.

He ordered twelve ~ of the disks.

NUM: usu a /num NUM

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