Definition of equity in English:


Line breaks: equity
Pronunciation: /ˈɛkwɪti

noun (plural equities)

[mass noun]
  • 2The value of the shares issued by a company: he owns 62% of the group’s equity
    More example sentences
    • The board of IDBI Bank will meet on May 19 to consider a rights issue of its equity shares.
    • They align incentives around enterprise-level outcomes such as market share and return on equity.
    • Like all convertible bonds, CoCos can be swapped for equity if the share price reaches a certain target.
    value, worth, valuation; ownership, rights, proprietorship, right of possession
  • 2.1 (equities) Stocks and shares that carry no fixed interest: trading in equities is governed by market rules
    More example sentences
    • They can now invest in a complete range of assets from property to equities and bonds.
    • Many investors act primarily as consumers of equities rather than as shared proprietors.
    • Today, the herd talks of giving up on equities just when stocks have never been cheaper.
  • 3The value of a mortgaged property after deduction of charges against it: people who have built up a significant amount of equity in their homes
    More example sentences
    • The equity in the properties appears to be in the region of £9 million.
    • While living in his house, he refinanced it repeatedly, pulling out equity to buy other properties.
    • As a result, the ratio of mortgage debt to home equity is at near-record highs.
  • 4 (Equity) (In the UK, US, and several other countries) a trade union to which all professional actors must belong: [as modifier]: an Equity card


Middle English: from Old French equité, from Latin aequitas, from aequus 'equal'.

More definitions of equity

Definition of equity in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day maelstrom
Pronunciation: ˈmeɪlstrəm
a powerful whirlpool in the sea