Definition of dividend noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈdɪvɪdend//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdɪvɪdend//
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  1. 1an amount of the profits that a company pays to people who own shares in the company dividend payments of 50 cents a share Wordfinderasset, bond, capital, dividend, equity, fund, interest, invest, portfolio, share See related entries: Economy, Running a business
  2. 2(British English) a money prize that is given to winners in the football pools
  3. 3 (mathematics) a number which is to be divided by another number compare divisor
  4. Word Originlate 15th cent. (in the general sense ‘portion, share’): from Anglo-Norman French dividende, from Latin dividendum ‘something to be divided’, from the verb dividere ‘force apart, remove’.Extra examples During that time, dividends were cut or passed and there were plenty of closures. Her hard work paid dividends when she won the school dancing competition. Investors will still pay tax on their foreign share dividends. The board has recommended a final dividend of 6 pence per share. The chain’s investment in new stores is bringing dividends in new customers. The company has not yet declared its dividends for this year. The company reaped rich dividends with its new strategy for packaging holidays. The dividend is up 10.6% to 11.3p. The dividend should jump to 5p. The dividend should rise to 5 cents. The dividend stays at 0.5p. The final dividend, payable on July 1, is reduced to 1p. The fund has a dividend yield of 5.75%. The interim dividend is maintained at 2.5 cents per share. They have announced the quarterly dividend on the shares. a method of valuing shares based on expected dividends Shareholders will receive an interim dividend payment of 50 cents a share.Idioms to produce great advantages or profits Exercising regularly will pay dividends in the end.
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