balance sheet


: a statement of financial condition at a given date

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web SVB Financial Group The parent company of startup focused Silicon Valley Bank has seen their stock blow up on news of a massive asset sale taking place in order to sure up their balance sheet. - Powering A Personal Wealth Movement, Forbes, 9 Mar. 2023 The World Bank can expand its balance sheet somewhat just by taking on more risk. Quartz, 3 Mar. 2023 The conglomerate has been selling off assets, including a chunk of its stake in Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., to raise cash and shore up its balance sheet. Giles Turner,, 10 Feb. 2023 And no company in the sector has been more aggressive with trying new strategies to revive its balance sheet in the wake of COVID than AMC. Rebecca Rubin, Variety, 7 Feb. 2023 The difference today is that companies face different pressures on their balance sheet, including high inventory levels, Ms. Mastantuono said. Kristin Broughton, WSJ, 21 Dec. 2022 The other way that the are doing it is through their balance sheet. James Brown, USA TODAY, 24 Apr. 2022 Two types of diversification people need to consider are: Investment diversification Tax or balance sheet diversification 1. Medora Lee, USA TODAY, 28 Feb. 2023 The central bank’s balance sheet of short-term debt has mushroomed from 679 billion pesos ($3.7 billion) at the start of the Fernandez government to 8.3 trillion pesos. Patrick Gillespie,, 11 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1771, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of balance sheet was circa 1771

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“Balance sheet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Mar. 2023.

Legal Definition

balance sheet

bal·​ance sheet
: a statement of financial condition at a given date

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