Definition of dividend in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdivəˌdend/


1A sum of money paid regularly (typically quarterly) by a company to its shareholders out of its profits (or reserves).
Example sentences
  • Tax exemptions on dividend payments from pension funds have been scrapped.
  • With this strategy, you chose securities that pay a high level of dividends or coupon payments.
  • This has boosted the bargaining power of the unions, which can now pay dividends to their member cooperatives.
1.1A payment divided among a number of people, e.g., members of a cooperative or creditors of an insolvent estate.
Example sentences
  • Blue Sun is already planning to make its first dividend payment to co-op members.
  • Among the dividends provided by the Public Choice Center, solitude to plow one's own furrow was distinctly absent.
  • Other funds have been used to invest in local schools or paid out as cash dividends to Torra's members.
1.2An individual’s share of a dividend.
Example sentences
  • However, at present, we are boosting our long-term returns by reinvesting our dividends into yet more shares.
  • Assume that you reinvest your dividends and capital gains payouts in shares of the fund.
  • These are schemes operated by companies that allow investors to re-invest their cash dividends in shares.
share, portion, premium, return, gain, profit, commission
informal cut
1.3 (dividends) A benefit from an action or policy: persistence pays dividends See also peace dividend.
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  • No, my policy of sticking to clear spirits pays dividends.
  • Careful cultivation of the UN pays dividends, like the need to present its policies abroad in a more reassuring manner.
  • He said: ‘We are absolutely delighted with the results and it has proved our strategy that targeting seats pays dividends.’
benefit, advantage, gain;
bonus, extra, plus
2 Mathematics A number to be divided by another number.
Example sentences
  • symbol from the dividend should be a multiple of the divisor.
  • If either the dividend's or the divisor's mantissa has more digits than the value of F, the higher value will be used instead of F.


Late 15th century (in the general sense 'portion, share'): from Anglo-Norman French dividende, from Latin dividendum 'something to be divided', from the verb dividere (see divide).

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Syllabification: div·i·dend

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