bot·​tom-line | \ ˈbä-təm-ˌlīn How to pronounce bottom-line (audio) \

Definition of bottom-line

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : concerned only with cost or profits

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Definition of bottom line (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : the essential or salient point : crux
b : the primary or most important consideration
2a : the line at the bottom of a financial report that shows the net profit or loss
b : financial considerations (such as cost or profit or loss)
c : the final result

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bottom-liner \ ˈbä-​təm-​ˌlī-​nər How to pronounce bottom-liner (audio) \ noun, chiefly US, often disparaging

Examples of bottom-line in a Sentence

Noun If our flight is late, we will miss our connection. That's the bottom line. A student with special needs can stress a school's budget, but the bottom line is that the state must provide for the child's education. How will these changes affect our bottom line? He's always got his eye on the bottom line. He says his bottom line is $120,000.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The bottom line is, the issues with the conference’s two premiere programs haven’t changed. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Opinion: The Big 12 is in big trouble and other takeaways from college football's Week 4," 27 Sep. 2020 The bottom line is that American voters are honest. Paul H. Anderson, Star Tribune, "Vote boldly, vote carefully, to ensure it counts," 24 Sep. 2020 Also helping the show’s bottom line is a generous underwriting donation by local arts patron Darlene Marcos Shiley. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego Opera plans first-ever drive-in ‘La bohème’ next month," 23 Sep. 2020 Schneider said the bottom line is that Kilbride must not be allowed to serve another 10 years. Kevin Bessler, Washington Examiner, "GOP forms coalition to oppose Illinois Supreme Court Justice Kilbride," 23 Sep. 2020 The bottom line is that there will be tremendous stress on the election system this year. Gilbert Garcia,, "Garcia: More than ever, voting early is a must this year," 19 Sep. 2020 But the bottom line is it’s too simplistic to assume higher taxes automatically equate to lower markets, all else being equal. Felice Maranz,, "Forget the President. Senate May Matter More for Markets," 19 Sep. 2020 The bottom line was these were good, salt of the earth people. Sunset Magazine, "Big Mountain Snowboarder Jeremy Jones Tackles Climate Change in New Film “Purple Mountains”," 15 Sep. 2020 The bottom line is every company is being forced to be more flexible. Mika Brzezinski, NBC News, "Mika's Know Your Value pandemic reset: How to successfully ask your boss for what YOU need," 15 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of bottom-line


1968, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1830, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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Cite this Entry

“Bottom-line.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of bottom line

: the most important part of something : the most important thing to consider
: the final result or outcome
: a company's profits or losses

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