Definition of “equity” - English Dictionary

“equity” in British English

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uk /ˈek.wɪ.ti/ us /ˈek.wə.t̬i/

equity noun (VALUE)

[ C or U ] specialized finance & economics the value of a company, divided into many equal parts owned by the shareholders, or one of the equal parts into which the value of a company is divided:

He sold his equity in the company last year.

[ U ] the value of a property after you have paid any mortgage or other charges relating to it

(Definition of “equity” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“equity” in American English

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us /ˈek·wɪ·t̬i/

[ C/U ] the money value of a property or business after debts have been subtracted:

[ U ] How much equity do you have in your home?

[ C/U ] An equity is also one of the equal parts, or shares, into which the value of a company is divided.

(Definition of “equity” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

“equity” in Business English

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equitynoun [ U ]

uk /ˈekwɪti/ us

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.

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

(Definition of “equity” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)