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red

adjective \ ˈred \
Updated on: 13 Dec 2017

Definition of red

redder; reddest
1 a : of the color red
b : having red as a distinguishing color
2 a (1) : flushed especially with anger or embarrassment
(2) : ruddy, florid
(3) : being or having skin of a coppery hue
b : bloodshot
  • eyes red from crying
c : being in the color range between a moderate orange and russet or bay
d : tinged with red : reddish
3 : heated to redness : glowing
4 a : inciting or endorsing radical social or political change especially by force
b often capitalized : communist
c often capitalized : of or relating to a communist country and especially to the U.S.S.R.
5 : tending to support Republicans in a general election
  • red states
red in tooth and claw
: characterized by or displaying brutal emotion or violent behavior

Examples of red in a Sentence

  1. a shiny red fire truck

  2. His face turns red when he gets angry.

Recent Examples of red from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of red

Middle English, from Old English rēad; akin to Old High German rōt red, Latin ruber & rufus, Greek erythros


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red

noun

Definition of red

1 : a color whose hue resembles that of blood or of the ruby or is that of the long-wave extreme of the visible spectrum
2 : red clothing
  • the lady in red
3 : one that is of a red or reddish color: such as
a : red wine
b : an animal with a red or reddish coat
4 a : a pigment or dye that colors red
b : a shade or tint of red
5 a : one who advocates the violent overthrow of an existing social or political order
b capitalized : communist
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[from the bookkeeping practice of entering debit items in red ink]
: the condition of showing a loss usually used with the
  • in the red
— compare black

Examples of red in a Sentence

  1. The artist uses red to symbolize passion.

  2. a lady dressed in red

  3. the reds and oranges of autumn leaves

Recent Examples of red from the Web

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First Known Use of red

before 12th century


red

abbreviation

Definition of red

reduce; reduction

Red

geographical name \ ˈred \

Definition of Red

1 river 1018 miles (1638 kilometers) long flowing east on the Oklahoma–Texas boundary and into the Atchafalaya and Mississippi rivers in Louisiana
2 river in north central U.S. and south central Canada flowing north on the Minnesota–North Dakota boundary and into Lake Winnipeg in Manitoba
3 — see arctic red
4 or Hong play \ˈhȯŋ\ or (in China) Yuan play \yu̇-ˈän, -ˈan\ river 500 miles (805 kilometers) long in southeastern Asia rising in central Yunnan, China, and flowing southeast across northern Vietnam into the Gulf of Tonkin

Financial Definition of RED

red

What It Is

Red is slang for loss. Losses are the negative amount remaining after all costs, depreciation, interest, taxes, and other expenses have been deducted from total sales. The formula for profit is:

Total Sales - Total Expenses = Profit

When expenses exceed sales, a company is “in the red.”

How It Works

Here is some information about Company XYZ for last year:

Using the formula and the information above, we can calculate that Company XYZ's profit was:

$1,000,000 - $500,000 - $400,000 - $200,000 - $5,000 + $1,000 = -$104,000

This means that Company XYZ lost $104,000 last year. It was “in the red.”

Why It Matters

Philosophically speaking, being in the red is bad. Being in “the black,” which means a company is profitable, is what motivates industry, entrepreneurship and innovation. It is the very thing that enables people to feed themselves, clothe their families, create jobs and set money aside for the future.

Profit is one of the most analyzed numbers a company can produce, and it plays a part in many other financial measures. It is also important to understand that changes in accounting methods can greatly influence whether a company is in the red, and these changes may have little to do with a company's actual operations.

In the retail industry, companies are often in the red until the fourth quarter, when Christmas shopping begins. This is the source of the term “Black Friday.”


RED Defined for English Language Learners

red

adjective

Definition of red for English Language Learners

  • : having the color of blood

  • : reddish brown or reddish orange in color

  • of a person's face : pink because of embarrassment, anger, etc.


red

noun

Definition of red for English Language Learners

  • : the color of blood

  • Red : a Communist or someone who supports Communists


RED Defined for Kids

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red

adjective \ ˈred \

Definition of red for Students

redder; reddest
1 : of the color of blood : colored red
  • a red light
2 : flushed with emotion (as embarrassment)
  • His face was red.

redness

noun

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red

noun

Definition of red for Students

1 : the color of blood or of the ruby
2 : something red in color
  • She's wearing red.

Medical Dictionary

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red

adjective \ ˈred \

medical Definition of red

redder; reddest
: of the color red

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red

noun

medical Definition of red

1 : a color whose hue resembles that of blood or of the ruby or is that of the long-wave extreme of the visible spectrum
2 : a pigment or dye that colors red — see congo red, neutral red, vital red


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