› 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.