bot·​tom-line | \ ˈbä-təm-ˌlīn How to pronounce bottom-line (audio) \

Definition of bottom-line

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : concerned only with cost or profits

bottom line


Definition of bottom line (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : the essential or salient point : crux
b : the primary or most important consideration
2a : the line at the bottom of a financial report that shows the net profit or loss
b : financial considerations (such as cost or profit or loss)
c : the final result

Other Words from bottom-line


bottom-liner \ ˈbä-​təm-​ˌlī-​nər How to pronounce bottom line (audio) \ noun, chiefly US, often disparaging

Examples of bottom-line in a Sentence

Noun If our flight is late, we will miss our connection. That's the bottom line. A student with special needs can stress a school's budget, but the bottom line is that the state must provide for the child's education. How will these changes affect our bottom line? He's always got his eye on the bottom line. He says his bottom line is $120,000.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Certification can boost the bottom line, while making businesses more attractive to employees. Louis Biscotti, Forbes, 15 Nov. 2021 Meanwhile, her promises to push substantive reforms — by rewriting the rules of real estate development in Boston, for example — threaten the bottom line for powerful people who have benefited from the status quo., 7 Nov. 2021 When applications fail or a glitch occurs during work hours, the resultant downtime pauses ongoing business operations and directly impacts the bottom line. Song Toh, Quartz, 1 Nov. 2021 Rising fuel prices are pressuring the company's bottom line just as short-haul travelers return to the skies. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 1 Nov. 2021 As Fox trying to capitalize on the controversy to boost the bottom line... Brian Stelter, CNN, 31 Oct. 2021 Moreover, the Sackler family saga brings dimension to figures best known as avatars of avarice, people who didn’t care about the collateral damage done to fatten Purdue’s bottom line. Daniel D'addario, Variety, 20 Oct. 2021 But as the furor over Chappelle reached a new level of intensity Monday, some observers wondered if Netflix might be minding the proverbial bottom line. NBC News, 12 Oct. 2021 All of that affects the bottom line for servers and restaurant owners. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of bottom-line


1968, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1830, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Bottom-line.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Nov. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of bottom line

: the most important part of something : the most important thing to consider
: the final result or outcome
: a company's profits or losses


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