Dividend meaning

dĭvĭ-dĕnd
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A number divided by another. In the equation 15 ÷ 3 = 5, 15 is the dividend.
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A quantity to be divided.
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(arithmetic) A number or expression that is to be divided by another.

In "42 ÷ 3" the dividend is the 42.

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A distribution of shares or money made by a corporation to its shareholders, representing a pro rata percentage of the company’s earnings.
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The definition of a dividend is a sum that is to be divided, or a gift or bonus.

An example of a dividend is an amount of money shared amongst many stockholders.

An example of a dividend is a refund made to insurance policy holders from the the insurance company's profits.

An example of a dividend is a bonus paid to customers as a special gift.

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The number or quantity to be divided.
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The refund made under some insurance policies to the insured from the year's surplus profit.
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A gift of something extra; bonus.
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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.
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(finance) A pro rata payment of money by a company to its shareholders, usually made periodically (eg, quarterly or annually).
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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