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See also: Dividend
dividend (plural dividends)
- (arithmetic) A number or expression that is to be divided by another.
- In "42 ÷ 3" the dividend is the 42.
- (finance) A pro rata payment of money by a company to its shareholders, usually made periodically (eg, quarterly or annually).
- (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.
2012, Cameron Haley, Retribution:
- That blood and pain paid a dividend, too, even when the subject wasn't a sorcerer.
2014, Bobby Adair, Slow Burn: Dead Fire, Book 4::
- The money I'd spent on getting scuba certified was about to pay a dividend. My half-baked escape plan came together.
2016, Christina Stead, The Beauties and Furies, page 163:
- 'Why not: you, Elvira, will shortly pay a dividend, that is, have a child.'
arithmetic: a number or expression
- addition, summation: (augend) + (addend) = (summand) + (summand) = (sum, total)
- subtraction: (minuend) − (subtrahend) = (difference)
- multiplication: (multiplier) × (multiplicand) = (factor) × (factor) = (product)
- division: (dividend) ÷ (divisor) = (quotient), remainder left over if divisor does not divide dividend
|Declension of dividend|
- (finance): utdelning