bottom-line

adjective bot·tom-line \ ˈbä-təm-ˌlīn \
Updated on: 11 Nov 2017

Definition of bottom-line

1 : concerned only with cost or profits

bottom-liner

play \-ˌlī-nər\ noun, chiefly US, often disparaging

bottom line

noun

Definition of bottom line

1 a : the essential or salient point : crux
b : the primary or most important consideration
2 a : 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

Examples of bottom line in a Sentence

  1. If our flight is late, we will miss our connection. That's the bottom line.

  2. 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.

  3. How will these changes affect our bottom line?

  4. He's always got his eye on the bottom line.

  5. He says his bottom line is $120,000.

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BOTTOM-LINE Defined for English Language Learners

bottom line

noun

Definition of bottom line for English Language Learners

  • 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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