plural noun
pro·​ceeds | \ ˈprō-ˌsēdz How to pronounce proceeds (audio) \

Definition of proceeds

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 While the White House plans to sell the yachts and donate the proceeds to Ukraine, several maritime attorneys told Robb Report that existing laws concerning asset seizures are not straightforward. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, 9 May 2022 Those readers may also remember how mobile developer Steven Cravotta pledged to donate some proceeds from his unexpected Wordle! Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, 5 May 2022 The White House further turned the screws on the oligarchs Thursday, announcing a proposal to liquidate their assets and donate the proceeds to Ukraine. Washington Post, 29 Apr. 2022 At the time, Abramovich promised to donate the sale proceeds to charity. Justin Birnbaum, Forbes, 13 Apr. 2022 Xbox pledged to donate all Fortnite proceeds generated via the Microsoft Store during this time to Ukraine relief, as well. Harold Maass, The Week, 5 Apr. 2022 Professional chefs can also donate proceeds from Ukrainian dishes. Anna Russell, The New Yorker, 4 Apr. 2022 Abramovich put Chelsea up for sale before he was sanctioned and promised to donate the proceeds to help Ukrainian victims of Russian’s invasion. David Hellier,, 11 Mar. 2022 Many sellers have promised to donate the proceeds from the products to Ukrainian relief groups. David Williams, CNN, 5 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of proceeds

1665, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of proceeds was in 1665

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“Proceeds.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for proceeds


noun plural
pro·​ceeds | \ ˈprō-ˌsēdz How to pronounce proceeds (audio) \

Kids Definition of proceeds

: money or profit made the proceeds of a sale


noun plural
pro·​ceeds | \ ˈprō-ˌsēdz How to pronounce proceeds (audio) \

Legal Definition of proceeds

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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