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

bottom line


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 How to pronounce bottom line (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 However, an innovative and exceptional CDO will use information as an asset and find ways to use that data to impact the bottom line of the organization. Arvind Murali, Forbes, 11 June 2021 This weekend's debuts obviously matter to the bottom line of Paramount and Disney, but more importantly, this summer is about optics. Brian Stelter, CNN, 27 May 2021 China is essential to Ford's long-term strategy and the bottom line of all global automakers competing for the loyalty of a huge population that loves new vehicles. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, 28 Apr. 2021 This will undoubtedly have an effect on the bottom line of many apps, which might incentivize some developers to gently nudge app users in the direction of allowing themselves to be tracked by offering them some kind of reward. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 27 Apr. 2021 Op-eds such as this and the examples that Lemov and Birbalsingh set forth can persuade a few people, but the holistic adoption of best practices will remain years away until the bottom line of a school is threatened. Daniel Buck, National Review, 21 Apr. 2021 As for how a VMT tax might hit the bottom line of his or similar trucking companies, Ruiter gave the Washington Examiner a quick economics lesson in what hauling for a living looks like on the balance sheet. Jeremy Lott, Washington Examiner, 15 Apr. 2021 Senior Chinese and local officials gave speeches warning of serious consequences for anyone who crosses China’s bottom line of national security. John Lyons, WSJ, 15 Apr. 2021 The bottom line of the bill, says Isbell, is about convenience for the citizens of Alabama. al, 2 Apr. 2021

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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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“Bottom-line.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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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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