Meaning of “dividend” in the English Dictionary

"dividend" in British English

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dividendnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈdɪv.ɪ.dend/ /ˈdɪv.ɪ.dənd/ us /ˈdɪv.ə.dend/ /ˈdɪv.ə.dənd/

(a part of) the profit of a company that is paid to the people who own shares in it:

Dividends will be sent to shareholders.

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  • In addition to their salary, employees receive a profit-related dividend.
  • All that extra training is paying dividends.
  • When you consider how much money the company made, it could have paid its shareholders a much higher dividend.
  • As director and principal shareholder, he receives a substantial annual dividend from the company.
  • Disappointing profits mean that no dividend will be paid to shareholders this year.

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

"dividend" in American English

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dividendnoun [ C ]

us /ˈdɪv·əˌdend, -dənd/

a payment by a company of a part of its profit to the people who own shares (= units of ownership) in the company

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

"dividend" in Business English

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dividendnoun [ C or U ]

uk /ˈdɪvɪdend/ us

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 dividend
announce/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).

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)