red

adjective
\ ˈred How to pronounce red (audio) \
redder; reddest

Definition of red

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1a : of the color red
b : having red as a distinguishing color
2a(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
4a : 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 US politics : tending to support Republican candidates or policies Some choices are easy. You're either a dog guy or a cat guy. Red state or blue.— Rick Reilly — compare blue sense 9, purple sense 3
red in tooth and claw
: characterized by or displaying brutal emotion or violent behavior

red

noun
plural reds

Definition of red (Entry 2 of 4)

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
4a : a pigment or dye that colors red
b : a shade or tint of red
5a : one who advocates the violent overthrow of an existing social or political order
b capitalized : communist
6 [ 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
7 physics : one of the three colors (see color entry 1 sense 15) that quarks have in the theory of quantum chromodynamics In QCD there is actually not just one type of quark, but three types or "colors" of quarks. These are sometimes denoted as "red," "blue," and "green" quarks …— Edward Witten

Definition of red (Entry 3 of 4)

reduce; reduction

Red

geographical name
\ ˈred How to pronounce Red (audio) \

Definition of Red (Entry 4 of 4)

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 \ ˈhȯŋ How to pronounce Hong (audio) \ or (in China) Yuan \ yu̇-​ˈän How to pronounce Yuan (audio) , -​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

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Examples of red in a Sentence

Adjective

a shiny red fire truck His face turns red when he gets angry.

Noun

The artist uses red to symbolize passion. a lady dressed in red the reds and oranges of autumn leaves
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Some of last year’s issues appear fixable, such as empty red-zone trips and dropped passes. Gentry Estes, The Courier-Journal, "At SEC media days, Will Muschamp says this is his best football team yet at South Carolina," 17 July 2019 According to Ikram, Sneferu subsequently built a third, smaller pyramid, with his efforts finally culminating in the Red Pyramid at Dahshūr—a red limestone structure with smooth sides and a 43-degree angle. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Egypt Opens Its ‘Bent Pyramid’ For the First Time in More Than 50 Years," 17 July 2019 Cowell, dressed in red jail garb, made an appearance at Wednesday’s hearing but did not speak. Megan Cassidy, SFChronicle.com, "Doctor finds Nia Wilson’s alleged killer at BART station fit to stand trial," 17 July 2019 Measles symptoms may include fever, cough, runny nose, watery eyes and a rash of red spots. Rob Picheta, CNN, "German government backs mandatory vaccinations for all schoolchildren," 17 July 2019 Don’t spend too much time looking for the emoji-replica red ones, though, deal? Alex Beggs, Bon Appétit, "Is It Ever Okay...To Touch All the Tomatoes at the Farmers’ Market?," 17 July 2019 An eye-tracking camera was used to monitor what the apes were looking at as the videos played, with red dots showing their shifting focus (as seen in the video above). Katie Camero, Science | AAAS, "Chimpanzees grow closer when they watch a movie together," 16 July 2019 Singer appeared to have blood around the right corner of his mouth, the skin at the top of his chest appeared to be red, and there was a bite mark on his left arm and dried blood at the top of his right ear, police. Akira Kyles, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Westminster man charged with assault after alleged argument," 11 July 2019 Scaramucci, Reince Priebus, Sean Spicer, and Bannon Were red or forced to resign. John Lithgow, The New Yorker, "Acosta Agonistes," 11 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The ground floor, where boats used to be stored, is now a kitchen and dining room where the walls, ceiling, and floor have been painted a bold shade of red. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Old boathouse renovated into dreamy seaside escape," 9 July 2019 The actress accessorized her look with pops of red, including a simple leather belt and a handbag with a gold logo, both designed by Hedi Slimane at Celine. Kerry Pieri, Harper's BAZAAR, "Angelina Jolie Proves She is, In Fact, A Greek Goddess," 9 July 2019 Messages appear as a blue indicator dot rather than Slack’s red dot that displays your number of unread messages. Rani Molla, Vox, "If Slack is so good, why are so many companies trying to fix it?," 24 June 2019 His little red dot was still below the lowest, fifth-percentile curve. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, "The Unimaginable Reality of American Concentration Camps," 21 June 2019 Uranium-thorium dating of the calcite that had run over the art (a red dot, a red ladder, a red hand-stencil) showed this art to have been made, there in the darkness, around 65,000 years BP. Tobias Carroll, Longreads, "‘The Underland Is a Deeply Human Realm’: Getting Down with Robert Macfarlane," 20 June 2019 The weevil's spots consist of circular scales of chitin, neatly arranged into concentric rings of varying hues like a rainbow: blue in the center, all the way out to red at the edges. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "“Rainbow” weevil could hold the secret to generating nature’s colors in the lab," 23 Sep. 2018 Motion sensors pick up on anyone crossing on red, and they’re immediately blasted with mist. David Scharfenberg, BostonGlobe.com, "Innovation of the Week: Jaywalking deterrent," 11 May 2018 In a thematic red, white, and blue colorway, Nike's Air Max 1 Quick Strike Fourth of July sneakers were set to be released on Monday, just in time for the national holiday. Gina Marinelli, Glamour, "Everything You Need to Know About the Nike 4th of July Sneaker Controversy," 3 July 2019

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First Known Use of red

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for red

Adjective

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

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red

noun

Financial Definition of 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.”

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red

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of red

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

English Language Learners Definition of red (Entry 2 of 2)

: the color of blood
somewhat old-fashioned, informal + disapproving : a Communist or someone who supports Communists

red

adjective
\ ˈred How to pronounce red (audio) \
redder; reddest

Kids Definition of red

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

Other Words from red

redness noun

red

noun

Kids Definition of red (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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red

adjective
\ ˈred How to pronounce red (audio) \
redder; reddest

Medical Definition of red

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of the color red

red

noun

Medical Definition of red (Entry 2 of 2)

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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