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Definition of cd

 (Entry 1 of 5)

1 candela
2 candle
3 cord

Definition of Cd (Entry 2 of 5)

\ ˌsē-ˈdē How to pronounce CD (audio) \

Definition of CD (Entry 3 of 5)

Definition of CD (Entry 4 of 5)

: a small optical disk usually containing recorded music or computer data also : the content (such as music or a computer program) of a CD released as a unit promoting her latest CD


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Definition of CD (Entry 5 of 5)

1 carried down
2 civil defense
3 [French corps diplomatique] diplomatic corps

First Known Use of cd

Noun (1)

1965, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1979, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cd

Noun (2)

compact disc

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31 Oct 2019

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“Cd.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 6 December 2019.

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Financial Definition of CD

What It Is

A certificate of deposit (CD) is a relatively low-risk debt instrument purchased directly through a commercial bank or savings and loan institution.

How It Works

The certificate of deposit indicates that the investor has deposited a sum of money for specified period of time and at a specified rate of interest. CD rates, terms and dollar amounts will vary from institution to institution. CDs are not publicly traded securities. As such, you will not find them traded on any exchange. You can also purchase CDs through a stockbroker. Because brokers have access to CDs from many institutions across the country, investors have more choices in regard to terms and yield. Many brokers do not charge investors a fee for CDs. Instead, they usually receive a commission from the issuing bank. Since brokered CDs are still bank CDs, they are insured by the FDIC (Federal Deposit Insurance Corp). up to $250,000.

Why It Matters

A CD is especially beneficial for a risk-averse investor who is looking to save and will not need funds until the instrument reaches maturity. Attributes of CDs making them favorable to such investors include:

An excellent short- to medium-term investment (typically from three months to seven years).
A higher rate of return than traditional money market accounts.
The FDIC insures CDs for up to $100,000. FDIC Insurance covers both principal and accrued interest.

While disadvantages are:

Investors can redeem bank-issued CDs prior to maturity. However, you will typically be charged an early withdrawal penalty. These penalties are set by each bank and differ nationwide.
Unlike Treasury notes, the interest on CDs is not exempt from state and local taxes. CDs are fully taxable at the state, local and federal levels.
The investment is locked in at a specific rate, even if interest rates increase.

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\ ˌsē-ˈdē How to pronounce CD (audio) \

Kids Definition of CD

: a small plastic disk on which information (as music or computer data) is recorded

Medical Definition of cd

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Medical Definition of CD (Entry 3 of 3)

1 cluster of differentiation used with a number to denote any of numerous antigenic proteins found chiefly on the surface of white blood cells (such as T cells or B cells) — see cd4, cd8
2 communicable disease
3 constant drainage
4 contagious disease
5 convulsive disorder
6 curative dose

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Legal Definition of CD

certificate of deposit

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