bot·​tom-line | \ˈbä-təm-ˌlīn \

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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Other Words from bottom-line


bottom-liner \ ˈbä-​təm-​ˌlī-​nər \ noun chiefly US, often disparaging

Examples of bottom-line in a Sentence


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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This can be hugely beneficial to a company's bottom line, if done correctly (and well). Leah Bourne, Glamour, "Midterms Merch Is Big Business. But Will It Have an Impact at the Polls?," 24 Oct. 2018 There was only the house red, the house white and maybe a rosé or sparkling, too, from some unnamed producer in some unnamed place, chosen to build up the restaurant’s bottom line, not to burnish the restaurant’s reputation. Lettie Teague, WSJ, "Why You Should Consider the House Wine," 17 Oct. 2018 The bottom line, according to the energy agency, is that adding more renewables is just half the story. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "International Energy Agency predicts wind will dominate Europe’s grid by 2027," 28 Sep. 2018 Blocks can be fun to watch and do wonders for fantasy sports enthusiasts' bottom lines, but athletic bigs such as Jackson Jr. can compile impressive individual numbers such as blocks at the expense of team defense. J. Michael, Indianapolis Star, "Jaren Jackson Jr. sits in middle of Grizzlies' efforts to rebuild grit-and-grind identity," 11 July 2018 While that seems to embrace all sorts of wiggle room, the bottom line, experts say, is that a company must respect a worker’s beliefs as long as those beliefs don’t get in the way of making money. David Lazarus,, "A holy mess: Walgreens case shows it's time to get God out of the workplace," 27 June 2018 The bottom line to remember while all of these conflicting messages swirl around the internet?, "FYI, Body Positivity Is Not "Dangerous" Or Bad For Your Health," 27 June 2018 Dues contribute to the bottom line, which is profitable, according to Covey, a former engineer with an MBA. Laura A. Hobson,, "Columbia Tusculum center celebrates Irish arts, culture," 26 June 2018 But Hernandez said the measure is about big corporations, many of them based outside the state, trying to protect their bottom line. Alexei Koseff, sacbee, "Soda, oil companies back initiative to limit taxes in California | The Sacramento Bee," 23 Apr. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of bottom line

the 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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