break·​even | \ˈbrāk-ˈē-vən \

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 \

Definition of break-even (Entry 2 of 2)

: having equal cost and income

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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 Still, the company said the Model 3 would overcome those challenges and hit a breakeven point in gross profit margin by the fourth quarter of 2018. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "Tesla production snags delay Model 3 electric car," 1 Nov. 2017 The breakeven price has become a metric that oil investors and analysts are watching like hawks. Irina Slav, USA TODAY, "Share buyback: BP boosts the bullish case for oil," 5 Nov. 2017 Alta Mesa’s core acreage in Northeast Kingfisher County has among the lowest breakevens in the U.S. at around $25 per barrel, the company said. Lynn Cook, WSJ, "Oilman Jim Hackett Is Back With an Oklahoma Shale Play," 16 Aug. 2017 Square still loses money, though the business is approaching the breakeven point and revenues in its most recent quarter grew 26%. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Data Sheet—Square’s Overlooked Success," 8 Sep. 2017 The five-year breakeven rate, a measure of inflation expectations, is near a five-week low at 5.30 percent. Arabile Gumede,, "South Africa's Central Bank Expected to Hold Off on a Rate Cut," 19 July 2017

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1958, in the meaning defined above


1931, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of break-even

: having equal costs and income

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