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Date: 1400-1500
Language: Latin
Origin: dividendum 'thing to be divided', from dividere; DIVIDE1

dividend

noun
     
div‧i‧dend W3 [countable]
1BFS a part of a company's profit that is divided among the people with shares in the company
2 British EnglishDGG prize money offered in a national competition called the football pools which people can win by correctly guessing the results of football games
3HMN technical a number that is to be divided by another number
4

pay/bring dividends

to be very useful and bring a lot of advantages, especially later in the future:
Good eating habits will pay dividends later on in life.

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