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break-even

[breyk-ee-vuh n] /ˈbreɪkˈi vən/
adjective
1.
having income exactly equal to expenditure, thus showing neither profit nor loss.
noun
3.
Energy. the stage at which a fission or fusion reaction becomes self-sustaining.
Also, breakeven.
Origin
1935-1940
1935-40, Americanism
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British Dictionary definitions for breakeven

break even

verb
1.
(intransitive, adverb) to attain a level of activity, as in commerce, or a point of operation, as in gambling, at which there is neither profit nor loss
noun
2.
(accounting)
  1. the level of commercial activity at which the total cost and total revenue of a business enterprise are equal
  2. (as modifier): breakeven prices
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Word Origin and History for breakeven
adj.

also break-even; usually with point, 1938, from break (v.) + even (adv.). The verbal phrase in the financial sense is recorded from 1914.

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