cash flow


: a measure of an organization's liquidity that usually consists of net income after taxes plus noncash charges against income
: a flow of cash
especially : one that provides solvency

Examples of cash flow in a Sentence

We were able to maintain a steady cash flow. The company is looking at new ways to generate cash flow.
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Word History

First Known Use

1954, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of cash flow was in 1954

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“Cash flow.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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