Definition of income in English:



  • Money received, especially on a regular basis, for work or through investments.

    ‘he has a nice home and an adequate income’
    [mass noun] ‘figures showed an overall increase in income this year’
    • ‘For falling prices to reverse, demand has to rise, supply has to fall and incomes have to go up.’
    • ‘As long as the fund pays out a high proportion of the income it receives, there will be no double tax.’
    • ‘In contrast, the initial impact of the tax will be on the net incomes of retail firms.’
    • ‘However, this has been seen as a stealth tax by some because incomes tend to increase more quickly than prices.’
    • ‘This is particularly the case if they will be on low untaxable retirement incomes.’
    • ‘A manager of a large taxi company said the lowering of incomes is making the job less popular.’
    • ‘I would like him to tell us why even families on higher incomes than that face the same thing.’
    • ‘The sharp drop in incomes caused the share of income taxes paid by the rich to shrink nearly a tenth.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, the rest of the income you receive from the fee can be used to clear the bank loan.’
    • ‘Thus the outlook for the market returns component of farm incomes is also not promising.’
    • ‘He had made a name for himself by pioneering tax cuts on wealth, profits and top incomes.’
    • ‘Throughout your working life you invest some of your income and turn it into a capital sum.’
    • ‘Many people depend on the tax credit money to pay for their childcare, and supplement their incomes.’
    • ‘This is not the case for personal finance where a regular income is often evident.’
    • ‘I pay tax on my money, my taxed income is paid to the nanny and then I pay tax for the nanny on top.’
    • ‘If there were no one parent families, average family incomes would be much higher.’
    • ‘They will not have the ability to change their incomes to pay for this increase.’
    • ‘My mother did not work after her marriage and did not contribute to the family income.’
    • ‘By taking advantage of these deals, the internet savvy can save money and stretch their incomes.’
    • ‘It is better to think about ways in which you might earn extra money or increase your income.’
    earnings, salary, pay, remuneration, wages, stipend, emolument
    revenue, receipts, takings, profits, gains, proceeds, turnover, yield, dividend, incomings, money received
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Middle English (in the sense ‘entrance, arrival’, now only Scots): in early use from Old Norse innkoma, later from in + come. The current sense dates from the late 16th century.