Reach a point in a business venture when the profits are equal to the costs.
- But in the most recent quarter it barely broke even, reporting operating profit of just $5 million on sales of $1.1 billion.
- Even in a growing economy, it takes five to seven years before a magazine breaks even or turns a profit.
- The business is barely breaking even, and it's going to take extensive promotion and careful management to improve its performance.
The point or state at which a person or company breaks even: [as modifier]: the break-even point
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- Some of the SAIC-German joint ventures reached their break-even point during the first year of production.
- Lippo Online, he said, expected to reach a break-even point on its investment in less than three years.
- The government's own Cabinet Office puts the break-even rate for most exporters at 115 yen to the dollar.
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