Definition of dividend in English:

dividend

noun

  • 1A sum of money paid regularly (typically annually) by a company to its shareholders out of its profits (or reserves).

    • ‘Tax exemptions on dividend payments from pension funds have been scrapped.’
    • ‘The company proposed an interim dividend of 0.05 yuan per share.’
    • ‘Last month, Allstate paid a quarterly dividend of 32 cents a share, boosting your take to $320.’
    • ‘With this strategy, you chose securities that pay a high level of dividends or coupon payments.’
    • ‘The smaller dividend payout ratio indicates that the Group is conserving cash for expansion and reducing debt.’
    • ‘Ameritrade shareholders would receive a special cash dividend of $6 per share.’
    • ‘Shareholders will receive a special dividend of N $5.50 a share, to be paid out on 15 March.’
    • ‘At the same time, the set-top box maker declared a 33 % increase to its regular quarterly cash dividend.’
    • ‘Growth and income funds planned to provide some capital growth and some dividend income.’
    • ‘The ratio is calculated as earnings per share divided by the dividend per share.’
    • ‘Earnings per share were 1.9 HK cents and no final dividend was declared.’
    • ‘Each member also earns annual dividends based on the cooperative's profits.’
    • ‘The firm will pay an interim dividend of 4.5 cents per share, a 12.5 per cent increase over last year.’
    • ‘In its June announcement, Baltimore's board proposed the return of cash via a special dividend to shareholders.’
    • ‘This has boosted the bargaining power of the unions, which can now pay dividends to their member cooperatives.’
    • ‘No dividend payment will be carried out and the profit will go for reserves.’
    • ‘After asking for yet more Government money and then considering paying dividends to shareholders, this is the last straw.’
    • ‘Most companies distribute dividends to shareholders every three or six months.’
    • ‘South China plans to pay a final dividend of 55 cents per share.’
    • ‘All too often, dividend cheques are just deposited into our bank accounts and spent.’
    profit, earnings, income, advantage, benefit, reward, emolument, yield, return, winnings, receipts, proceeds, interest, percentage, takings
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    1. 1.1 A payment divided among a number of people, e.g. winners in a football pool or members of a cooperative.
      • ‘A hat-trick looks a fair bet and backing McCoy's rides in the second, third, fourth and fifth races in combination bets should pay dividends.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Indeed, payment of dividends could begin as early as next year, with holders of preferred stock receiving the first dividend payments.’
      • ‘Blue Sun is already planning to make its first dividend payment to co-op members.’
    2. 1.2 An individual's share of a dividend.
      • ‘Second, if you are getting dividends on your shares, there is a withholding tax on them.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Note also that the loss of the tax credit is only applicable to dividends paid on shares.’
      • ‘Under your plan, upper-income individuals also lose their tax cuts for capital gains and dividends.’
      • ‘By using our dividends to buy more shares now, we will benefit when those shares rise in value.’
      • ‘I still have a few more to find, because I tend to take my dividend income in shares, as many long-term investors do.’
      • ‘However, at present, we are boosting our long-term returns by reinvesting our dividends into yet more shares.’
      • ‘Once the corporate tax is paid, dividends received by individuals are tax-free.’
      • ‘The angel has a 10% equity stake in the company and receives dividends on those shares.’
      • ‘The funds invest in shares that pay high dividends, such as banks and utilities.’
      share, portion, percentage, premium, return, payback, gain, surplus, profit
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    3. 1.3dividends A benefit from an action or policy.
      ‘buying a rail pass may still pay dividends’
      • ‘Online bargain hunting can really pay dividends too.’
      • ‘Careful cultivation of the UN pays dividends, like the need to present its policies abroad in a more reassuring manner.’
      • ‘Our research shows that where groups are tightly defined and disadvantage is concentrated, targeting that group pays dividends.’
      • ‘Establishing personal relationships pays dividends simply because people enjoy recognition.’
      • ‘However, I'm now a convert and I think it pays dividends.’
      • ‘This prestigious prize paid immediate dividends, ranking him among the elite.’
      • ‘Careful diction also pays dividends in ‘Pascual the Shepherd’, another poem in which alcohol and sex figure.’
      • ‘"It is a change that will reap big dividends in future years," predicted Mr Hayes.’
      • ‘And that's all it is, one giant performance after another in hopes their proficient thespian skills will pay dividends in the long run.’
      • ‘At last these efforts have begun to pay dividends.’
      • ‘He admitted some people would not grasp why it was being done - but ‘if people can get to work on time it will probably pay dividends.’’
      • ‘Darren's dogged perseverance has finally, after years of thankless effort, begun to pay dividends.’
      • ‘And though, inevitably, there are nerves, he is confident that the hard work of the past 18 months will pay dividends.’
      • ‘No, my policy of sticking to clear spirits pays dividends.’
      • ‘He said: ‘We are absolutely delighted with the results and it has proved our strategy that targeting seats pays dividends.’’
      • ‘The end of the Cold War brought about a peace dividend in the form of reduced budgets and manpower.’
      • ‘Listening to children isn't only the right thing to do, it might actually pay dividends here.’
      • ‘When imitation becomes obsession, it's normally a destructive force, but, sometimes it pays dividends.’
      • ‘Efforts to work with mothers-in-law and other family members may yield higher dividends in the short term.’
      • ‘‘There is a huge psychological effect if you are scrummaging well, which pays dividends in every other aspect of your play,’ he said.’
      benefit, advantage, gain, bonus, extra, added extra, plus, fringe benefit, additional benefit
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  • 2Mathematics
    A number to be divided by another number.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘symbol from the dividend should be a multiple of the divisor.’

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).

Pronunciation

dividend

/ˈdɪvɪdɛnd/