plural IPOs
: an initial public offering of a company's stock

Examples of IPO in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The company’s share price is significantly higher than its March IPO listing of $34 a share. Vinamrata Chaturvedi, Quartz, 8 May 2024 Since 2022, by deal count, the firm has been #1 in US IPO issuance and #1 in SPAC issuance, per Bloomberg and SPAC Insider. Sacramento Bee, 6 May 2024 For instance, Swiss skin-care company Galderma’s shares surged following its $2.56 billion IPO in March, while German beauty retailer Douglas’s listing didn’t perform as well. Prarthana Prakash, Fortune Europe, 2 May 2024 In September 2021, Cue launched an approximately $200 million IPO and was among the windfall of startups going public that year. Natallie Rocha, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 May 2024 Six years after an IPO that saw its valuation peak at over $3 billion, cannabis retailer MedMen is worth next to nothing. Dylan Sloan, Fortune, 29 Apr. 2024 Cruise operator Viking is expected to launch its IPO seeking a $10.8 billion valuation. Gabriela Riccardi, Quartz, 28 Apr. 2024 Its stock price was approaching an all-time low, down nearly 90% from its IPO high of 2019. Alana Semuels, TIME, 28 Apr. 2024 The company’s turnaround has catapulted Puig into the world’s fourth-biggest perfumes company in the prestige category, according to its IPO prospect. Clara Hernanz Lizarraga, Fortune Europe, 25 Apr. 2024

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Word History


initial public offering

First Known Use

1976, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of IPO was in 1976

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“IPO.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

Legal Definition

: an initial public offering of a company's stock
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