• IPA: /ˈdɪvɪdɛnd/

dividend (plural dividends)

  1. (arithmetic) A number or expression that is to be divided by another.
    In "42 ÷ 3" the dividend is the 42.
  2. (finance) A pro rata payment of money by a company to its shareholders, usually made periodically (eg, quarterly or annually).
  3. (figuratively) Beneficial results from a metaphorical investment (of time, effort, etc.)
    His 10,000 hours of practice and recitals eventually paid dividends when he become first-chair violinist.
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