break·​even | \ ˈbrāk-ˈē-vən How to pronounce breakeven (audio) \

Definition of breakeven

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the point at which cost and income are equal and there is neither profit nor loss also : a financial result reflecting neither profit nor loss


\ ˈbrāk-ˈē-vən How to pronounce break-even (audio) \

Definition of break-even (Entry 2 of 2)

: having equal cost and income

Examples of breakeven in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Those seeing it as a bright spot cite the company reaching a breakeven point on a store level for the first time. Grady Mcgregor, Fortune, "The Starbucks of China Is Paving a New Future for Retail. Will It Pay Off?," 30 Dec. 2019 Spotify has spent billions of dollars just to get a whiff of a breakeven point. Glenn Peoples, Billboard, "Spotify In the Black: What Would a Profitable '19 Mean for the Streaming Giant -- and Can It Keep It Up?," 1 Nov. 2019 Aramco’s breakeven costs for new projects, even after tax, are $31, according to Rystad Energy’s data, slightly higher than Iran, Iraq or Kuwait but less than half the level of Russia and two-thirds the level in America. The Economist, "Aramco is both the oil sector’s Goliath and a firm vexed by problems," 31 Oct. 2019 At the time of the April referendum, Bein said the breakeven point was $160 million. Steve Sadin,, "Barrington SD220 likely to have $160M referendum on ballot, details of projects TBD: ‘If we wait, it’s going to cost more in the future’," 1 Aug. 2019 The measure, known as the breakeven rate, rose to a 2019 high of 1.98 in April, from as low as 1.67 in January. Liz Mccormick,, "Powell Fails to Convince Inflation Traders With ‘Transient’ View," 2 May 2019 While the market expectation for U.S. price growth, the five-year breakeven rate, has risen to the Fed’s target, the miss for headline prices in the euro area Wednesday underscores the challenge for bears seeking to drive momentum. Sid Verma,, "Bond Bulls Rejoice: There's Growing Evidence of Peak Bear Market," 19 Apr. 2018 The fund expects the breakeven price to fall to about $80 in 2019., "Saudi Arabia's Economic Revamp Is Still an Oil Story," 2 May 2018 Today, the price has risen significantly to around $64, but that still falls short of what independent analysts believe is the country’s $70 per barrel breakeven point, according to an IMF report. Justin Worland, Time, "Here's How Cheap Oil Is Pushing Saudi Arabia to Reform," 22 Mar. 2018

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1931, in the meaning defined above

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“Breakeven.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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: having equal costs and income

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