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English definition of “record date”

record date

noun [C or S]
 
 
FINANCE, STOCK MARKET
the official date on which a shareholder must own shares in order to receive dividend payments on them or to vote at a shareholders' meeting: Each shareholder may cast one vote for each full share and a partial vote for each partial share that they own on the record date, which is December 21, 2011.
(Definition of record date from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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