proceeds

plural noun

pro·​ceeds ˈprō-ˌsēdz How to pronounce proceeds (audio)
1
: the total amount brought in
the proceeds of a sale
2
: the net amount received (as for a check or from an insurance settlement) after deduction of any discount or charges

Examples of proceeds in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web All proceeds from beer sales, from the main tent at the corner of West and Jefferson, go to the Downriver for Veterans organization. Brendel Hightower, Detroit Free Press, 3 Feb. 2023 The proceeds, augmented by withdrawing Britain’s subsidies to Brussels (a net contribution of £10.8 billion in 2015), would free up cash for investment in infrastructure, schools and the beloved National Health Service. Dominic Greene, WSJ, 1 Feb. 2023 The production, a key work in the development of Zimmerman’s aesthetic, proceeds according to its own high-minded rhythm, like a steadfast traveler ambling along an endless horizon line. Charles McNultytheater Critic, Los Angeles Times, 31 Jan. 2023 But the proceeds, like all of Crosby’s money, went for drugs. Bill Wyman, Vulture, 20 Jan. 2023 Ray was also ordered to forfeit $2,444,349, the proceeds from the sale of his GoDaddy portfolio, and a home in Pinehurst, North Carolina. Steve Almasy, CNN, 20 Jan. 2023 The Arkansas Academic Challenge scholarships are financed with lottery proceeds, plus $20 million a year in state general revenue. Michael R. Wickline, Arkansas Online, 13 Jan. 2023 Stefani has taken some of those profits and made charitable donations, including $1 million (plus proceeds from a special-edition Harajuku Lovers T-Shirt) to Save the Children's Japan Earthquake-Tsunami Children in Emergency Fund in 2011. Jesa Marie Calaor, Allure, 10 Jan. 2023 All proceeds benefit student internship and work experience. San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1665, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of proceeds was in 1665

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Cite this Entry

“Proceeds.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/proceeds. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

proceeds

noun plural
pro·​ceeds ˈprō-ˌsēdz How to pronounce proceeds (audio)
: the money or profit that comes from a business deal

Legal Definition

proceeds

noun plural
pro·​ceeds ˈprō-ˌsēdz How to pronounce proceeds (audio)
1
: money or other property received as the result of a sale or other transaction especially involving collateral
retain a security interest in the proceeds of collateral
2
: money received from an insurance policy

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