SKIP TO CONTENT

dividend

A dividend is a bonus. If you buy a cup of coffee and the shop owner throws in a free muffin, that's a dividend. Your charm and loyal patronage are paying dividends!

If you own stock and your company has had a good year, you’ll probably get a dividend — a share of the profit the company pays to shareholders. You've probably also heard the word dividend in math class: if you've got 300 divided by 50, 300 is the dividend (and 50 is the divisor).

Definitions of dividend
  1. noun
    a number to be divided by another number
    see moresee less
    types:
    numerator
    the dividend of a fraction
    type of:
    number
    a concept of quantity involving zero and units
  2. noun
    a bonus; something extra (especially a share of a surplus)
    see moresee less
    type of:
    bonus, incentive
    an additional payment (or other remuneration) to employees as a means of increasing output
  3. noun
    that part of the earnings of a corporation that is distributed to its shareholders; usually paid quarterly
    see moresee less
    types:
    show 4 types...
    hide 4 types...
    stock dividend
    a dividend paid in stock rather than in cash
    extra dividend
    a dividend paid in addition to the regular dividend
    equalizing dividend
    a dividend paid to compensate shareholders for losses resulting from a change in the dividend schedule
    divvy
    short for dividend; especially one paid by a cooperative society
    type of:
    earnings, lucre, net, net income, net profit, profit, profits
    the excess of revenues over outlays in a given period of time (including depreciation and other non-cash expenses)
Word Family
EDITOR’S CHOICE

Test prep from the experts

Boost your test score with programs developed by Vocabulary.com’s experts.

  • Proven methods: Learn faster, remember longer with our scientific approach.
  • Personalized plan: We customize your experience to maximize your learning.
  • Strategic studying: Focus on the words that are most crucial for success.

SAT/PSAT

$29.95
  • Number of words: 500+
  • Duration: 8 weeks or less
  • Time: 1 hour / week

TOEFL

$29.95
  • Number of words: 500+
  • Duration: 10 weeks or less
  • Time: 1 hour / week

ACT

$29.95
  • Number of words: 700+
  • Duration: 10 weeks
  • Time: 1 hour / week