Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “dividend”

dividend

noun [C or U]
 
 
/ˈdɪvɪdend/
FINANCE part of the profit of a company that is paid to shareholders: share/stock dividend You may have investment income that is paid yearly, such as share dividends. an annual/a quarterly dividend a gross/net dividendannounce/declare/propose a dividend In connection with this sale, the Board proposed a special dividend of 25.0 pence per share. pay/produce/yield a dividend Shares paying high dividends are known as 'income stocks'.receive/expect a dividend We anticipate receiving a substantial dividend on our holding.omit/pass/suspend a dividend The company announced that it would be suspending its quarterly dividend in order to reduce debt. This is an official document showing the amount of dividend that has been earned both before and after official deductions have been made (for example for tax). → See also accumulated dividend, bonus dividend, cash dividend, cumulative dividend, ex-dividend, extraordinary dividend, final dividend, interim dividend, ordinary dividend, preference dividend, scrip dividend, special dividend, unpaid dividend
INSURANCE a part of the profits of a life insurance company that is paid to people who have insurance with the company: Policy dividends allow policyholders to participate in the financial performance of the life insurance operation.
(Definition of dividend from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of dividend?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “dividend” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

stampede

When animals or people stampede, they all move quickly in the same direction, often because they are frightened.

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More