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bonus

noun [C]     /ˈbəʊnəs/ (plural bonuses)
WORKPLACE an amount of money given to an employee in addition to their salary as a reward for working well: a bonus of €1000/£500, etc. She received a bonus of $15,065, equal to 40% of her salary .earn/get/receive a bonus Teachers can earn an annual bonus of $1,026 if they meet the goals .pay (sb) a bonus Bank bosses are still being paid huge bonuses. a Christmas bonus a bonus award / payment / scheme
FINANCE an amount of money or shares given by a company to its shareholders : Investors are set to receive a bonus of at least £1.50 a share .
INSURANCE a payment made to the customers of an insurance company out of its profits : Annual bonus rates on some life policies have fallen recently . → See also acceptance bonus, attendance bonus, capital bonus, loyalty bonus, performance bonus, productivity bonus, retention bonus, signing bonus, terminal bonus
(Definition of bonus noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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