Definition of dividend in US English:

dividend

noun

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

    • ‘In its June announcement, Baltimore's board proposed the return of cash via a special dividend to shareholders.’
    • ‘Shareholders will receive a special dividend of N $5.50 a share, to be paid out on 15 March.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The smaller dividend payout ratio indicates that the Group is conserving cash for expansion and reducing debt.’
    • ‘Growth and income funds planned to provide some capital growth and some dividend income.’
    • ‘Each member also earns annual dividends based on the cooperative's profits.’
    • ‘With this strategy, you chose securities that pay a high level of dividends or coupon payments.’
    • ‘Ameritrade shareholders would receive a special cash dividend of $6 per share.’
    • ‘Most companies distribute dividends to shareholders every three or six months.’
    • ‘All too often, dividend cheques are just deposited into our bank accounts and spent.’
    • ‘The firm will pay an interim dividend of 4.5 cents per share, a 12.5 per cent increase over last year.’
    • ‘South China plans to pay a final dividend of 55 cents per share.’
    • ‘Tax exemptions on dividend payments from pension funds have been scrapped.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This has boosted the bargaining power of the unions, which can now pay dividends to their member cooperatives.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘At the same time, the set-top box maker declared a 33 % increase to its regular quarterly cash dividend.’
    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., members of a cooperative or creditors of an insolvent estate.
      • ‘Other funds have been used to invest in local schools or paid out as cash dividends to Torra's members.’
      • ‘Blue Sun is already planning to make its first dividend payment to co-op members.’
      • ‘Indeed, payment of dividends could begin as early as next year, with holders of preferred stock receiving the first dividend payments.’
      • ‘Among the dividends provided by the Public Choice Center, solitude to plow one's own furrow was distinctly absent.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 1.2 An individual's share of a dividend.
      • ‘Once the corporate tax is paid, dividends received by individuals are tax-free.’
      • ‘Under your plan, upper-income individuals also lose their tax cuts for capital gains and dividends.’
      • ‘Note also that the loss of the tax credit is only applicable to dividends paid on shares.’
      • ‘These are schemes operated by companies that allow investors to re-invest their cash dividends in shares.’
      • ‘However, at present, we are boosting our long-term returns by reinvesting our dividends into yet more shares.’
      • ‘The angel has a 10% equity stake in the company and receives dividends on those shares.’
      • ‘Assume that you reinvest your dividends and capital gains payouts in shares of the fund.’
      • ‘I still have a few more to find, because I tend to take my dividend income in shares, as many long-term investors do.’
      • ‘Second, if you are getting dividends on your shares, there is a withholding tax on them.’
      • ‘The funds invest in shares that pay high dividends, such as banks and utilities.’
      • ‘By using our dividends to buy more shares now, we will benefit when those shares rise in value.’
      share, portion, percentage, premium, return, payback, gain, surplus, profit
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    3. 1.3dividends A benefit from an action or policy.
      ‘persistence pays dividends’
      • ‘Establishing personal relationships pays dividends simply because people enjoy recognition.’
      • ‘At last these efforts have begun to pay dividends.’
      • ‘And that's all it is, one giant performance after another in hopes their proficient thespian skills will pay dividends in the long run.’
      • ‘This prestigious prize paid immediate dividends, ranking him among the elite.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘"It is a change that will reap big dividends in future years," predicted Mr Hayes.’
      • ‘Listening to children isn't only the right thing to do, it might actually pay dividends here.’
      • ‘‘There is a huge psychological effect if you are scrummaging well, which pays dividends in every other aspect of your play,’ he said.’
      • ‘Efforts to work with mothers-in-law and other family members may yield higher dividends in the short term.’
      • ‘No, my policy of sticking to clear spirits pays dividends.’
      • ‘Online bargain hunting can really pay dividends too.’
      • ‘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.’’
      • ‘However, I'm now a convert and I think it pays dividends.’
      • ‘When imitation becomes obsession, it's normally a destructive force, but, sometimes it pays dividends.’
      • ‘Our research shows that where groups are tightly defined and disadvantage is concentrated, targeting that group pays dividends.’
      • ‘The end of the Cold War brought about a peace dividend in the form of reduced budgets and manpower.’
      • ‘Careful cultivation of the UN pays dividends, like the need to present its policies abroad in a more reassuring manner.’
      • ‘Careful diction also pays dividends in ‘Pascual the Shepherd’, another poem in which alcohol and sex figure.’
      • ‘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, added extra, plus, fringe benefit, additional benefit
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  • 2Mathematics
    A number to be divided by another number.

    • ‘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).

Pronunciation

dividend

/ˈdivəˌdend//ˈdɪvəˌdɛnd/