breakeven

noun
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

break-even

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

Definition of break-even (Entry 2 of 2)

: having equal cost and income

First Known Use of breakeven

Noun

1958, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1931, in the meaning defined above

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“Breakeven.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/breakeven. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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break-even

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of break-even

: having equal costs and income

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