Definition of dividend in English:

dividend

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Pronunciation: /ˈdɪvɪdɛnd
 
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noun

  • 1A sum of money paid regularly (typically annually) by a company to its shareholders out of its profits (or reserves).
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    • 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. winners in a football pool or members of a cooperative.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
    share, portion, percentage, premium, return, payback, gain, surplus, profit
    informal cut, take, rake-off, divvy, whack, slice of the cake, piece of the action, pickings
  • 1.3 (dividends) A benefit from an action or policy: buying a rail pass may still pay dividends
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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.’
    Synonyms
    benefit, advantage, gain, bonus, extra, added extra, plus, fringe benefit, additional benefit
    informal perk
    formal perquisite
  • 2 Mathematics A number to be divided by another number.
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    • 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.

Origin

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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