Dividend Definition

The number or quantity to be divided.
Webster's New World
A sum or quantity, usually of money, to be divided among stockholders, creditors, members of a cooperative, etc.
Webster's New World
An individual's share of such a sum or quantity.
Webster's New World
A payment pro rata to a creditor of a person adjudged bankrupt.
American Heritage
The refund made under some insurance policies to the insured from the year's surplus profit.
Webster's New World
A distribution, typically quarterly, of a corporation’s earnings to its shareholders. Dividends can be paid in cash or stock. Sometimes, if a company has had a particularly good year, a special year-end dividend may be paid. If a company failed to make a profit, likely no dividend is paid. Some companies, such as growth companies, don’t issue dividends even when the company makes a profit. Their belief is that they can create a higher return for shareholders, through stock appreciation, by keeping the money and using it to expand the business. Often technology companies have this strategy.
Webster's New World Finance
A number divided by another. In the equation 15 ÷ 3 = 5, 15 is the dividend.
American Heritage Science

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Origin of Dividend

  • Alteration (influenced by French dividende) of Middle English divident from Latin dīvidēns dīvident- present participle of dīvidere to divide divide

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French dividende, from Latin dividendum (“thing to be divided”), future passive participle of divido (“to divide”).

    From Wiktionary


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