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equity

noun [U]
 
 
/ˈekwɪti/
FINANCE, STOCK MARKET the capital that a company gets from selling its shares rather than borrowing money: Many internet firms have financed themselves with equity. Nearly 329 million shares, or 18% of the equity, will go on sale to investors.issue/raise equity The company is planning to raise equity of £1.1 billion to fund growth plans. an equity holder/investor/strategist
( US also home equity) FINANCE, PROPERTY the value of a property for the owner after it has been sold and any loan paid back: The equity in your home can be a cheap source of cash.in equity An owner with a house worth $100,000 and an $80,000 mortgage has $20,000 in equity.have/lose/release equity (in sth) According to research, retired homeowners have nearly £700 billion of equity in their homes.
LAW a system of English law that developed from the 17th to the 19th centuries that can still be used to judge a case fairly in a court of law if the rules of common law are not suitable
→  See also book equity , brand equity , cost of equity , debt/equity ratio , debt-equity swap , debt-for-equity , deferred equity , employment equity , external equity , horizontal equity , internal equity , negative equity , owners' equity , private equity , return on equity , shareholders' equity , stockholder equity , stub equity , sweat equity , Tier 1 capital , vertical equity
(Definition of equity from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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