The word turnover at least has two meanings in the dictionary. Without context, is the following sentence ambiguous?

The company has a high turnover.

Supposing it's ambiguous, if the word rate is inserted at the end, is it still ambiguous? I'm entertaining only two possibilities here: the company receives substantial revenues, or many employees come and go.

I'd appreciate your help.

  • As written I think most people would choose "many employees come and go". Though as you say, there is more than one definition. rate just quantifies either one over time (employees vs. money).
    – user3169
    Dec 31, 2017 at 7:19

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In England at least turnover means the total income a company receives in a year (or given time period). Turnover rate is definitely ambiguous and it would be better to use something like "weekly turnover" or "daily turnover". Basically, without a time period it is ambiguous. Turnover on its own is not ambiguous but it would definitely be improved with a time period.

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