breakeven

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noun

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

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adjective

: having equal cost and income

Examples of breakeven in a Sentence

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Adjective
The dev said the break-even point is about 580 calls/day on the Platinum plan, for example. Scharon Harding, Ars Technica, 1 Feb. 2024 Including dividends, investors with S&P 500 index funds already returned to break-even a month ago. Stan Choe The Associated Press, arkansasonline.com, 20 Jan. 2024 Last month, Musk announced that Starlink had achieved break-even cash flow. Steve Mollman, Fortune, 24 Dec. 2023 The break-even point – when your artificial tree’s emissions match the emissions of buying a live tree each year – varies from as little as four years to as many as 20 years, depending on the factors considered. Discover Magazine, 9 Dec. 2023 The break-even point – when your artificial tree's emissions match the emissions of buying a live tree each year – varies from as little as four years to as many as 20 years, depending on the factors considered. Curtis Vanderschaaf, CBS News, 5 Dec. 2023 As a result, the break-even point – which would be $500 million to $600 million for a movie of this size and scope — keeps moving farther and farther away. Rebecca Rubin, Variety, 7 Nov. 2023 Zaslav has said streaming is now a break-even business. Meg James, Los Angeles Times, 19 Sep. 2023 September’s reading was the first time in five months that overall builder sentiment levels dropped below the break-even measure of 50. Anna Bahney, CNN, 19 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun

1958, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1931, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of breakeven was in 1931

Dictionary Entries Near breakeven

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“Breakeven.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/breakeven. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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