in·​come | \ ˈin-ˌkəm How to pronounce income (audio) also ˈin-kəm or ˈiŋ-kəm \

Definition of income

1 : a gain or recurrent benefit usually measured in money that derives from capital or labor also : the amount of such gain received in a period of time has an income of $30,000 a year
2 : a coming in : entrance, influx fluctuations in the nutrient income of a body of water

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Examples of income in a Sentence

Any income from investments must be reported. Farming is his main source of income. Even on two incomes, we're having a hard time keeping up with our bills. He earns a good income as a consultant. What was the company's annual income?
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Recent Examples on the Web And taxes and corporate income earned overseas would also increase. CBS News, "Transcript: Cecilia Rouse on "Face the Nation," April 4, 2021," 4 Apr. 2021 Regardless of income level, SoHo is an attractive place to live. New York Times, "Does SoHo, Haven for Art and Wealth, Have Room for Affordable Housing?," 4 Apr. 2021 The farm must be at least 10 acres of the original land acquisition and make a financial contribution to the overall farm income. Arkansas Online, "CALENDAR," 4 Apr. 2021 At the top of its naughty list is Duke Energy, which made just under $8 billion over the past three years and had an effective corporate income-tax rate of . . . Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "The Tax-Subsidy Waltz," 4 Apr. 2021 With general income eligibility up to $57,000 and $72,000, respectively, both programs are open to many middle-class individuals. Russ Wiles, The Arizona Republic, "Are you in the middle class? Here are 5 ways to tell," 4 Apr. 2021 More than $5 billion left developing countries in March, which some analysts worry could herald larger outflows to come and undermine recovery prospects in poor and middle-income nations. Washington Post, "With stimulus cash and jobs spike, U.S. emerges as main engine for global economic recovery," 4 Apr. 2021 There are vast class divisions, too; the income gap between the rich and the poor is greatest among Asian-Americans., "Amid awakening, Asian Americans are still taking shape as a political force," 4 Apr. 2021 The program, funded through federal Cares Act money, began in July for Marion County residents who have experienced a reduction in income due to the pandemic. Amelia Pak-harvey, The Indianapolis Star, "Deadline for Indianapolis residents to apply for rental assistance approaches," 4 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of income

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of income was in the 14th century

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6 Apr 2021

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“Income.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of income

: money that is earned from work, investments, business, etc.


in·​come | \ ˈin-ˌkəm How to pronounce income (audio) \

Kids Definition of income

: a gain usually in money that comes in from labor, business, or property



Legal Definition of income

: a gain or recurrent benefit usually measured in money that derives from capital or labor also : the amount of such gain received in a period of time an income of $20,000 a year

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