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

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Examples of proceeds in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In past years, funds have been raised through golf outings, Lake Erie Crushers games and via sales of Smith’s book, with a portion of the proceeds going to Make-A-Wish. cleveland, "W.A. Smith Financial Group fundraiser nets $70,000 for Make-A-Wish Foundation," 1 Dec. 2020 Tickets range from $40 to $125, and a portion of the proceeds will support the college’s fine and performing arts. Michelle Mullins,, "This Week in Naperville," 25 Nov. 2020 In addition, a portion of the proceeds for each class goes to a charitable organization. San Francisco Chronicle, "Food lovers’ holiday gift guide," 24 Nov. 2020 Some tribal members receive payments from fossil fuel companies who do business on their land and want to use part of the proceeds to reduce carbon. Star Tribune, "Red Lake Nation uses crowdfunding to bet big on solar energy," 21 Nov. 2020 As in the past, a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Miami Music Project. Rod Stafford Hagwood,, "Yes, you can get into the holiday spirit: Our guide to Christmas entertainment, events and things to do," 20 Nov. 2020 The defendants used some of the proceeds for down payments on a $3.25-million home in Tarzana and a $1-million home in Glendale, according to prosecutors. Hayley Smith, Los Angeles Times, "Two Encino couples charged in $5.6-million COVID-19 loan scheme," 19 Nov. 2020 Tonight, the P'Jimmies collection of colorful, striped, unisex pajamas and sleep accessories will launch on the Alex Mill website, with 100% of the proceeds going directly to Feeding America. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Jimmy Fallon’s ‘P'Jimmies’ for Alex Mill Were Designed With Love and Laughter," 19 Nov. 2020 The ads also say that some of the proceeds will go to charitable causes. Miriam Jordan, New York Times, "Businesses With a Give-Back Mission Caught in Facebook Ad Ban," 17 Nov. 2020

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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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3 Dec 2020

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“Proceeds.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of proceeds

: the total amount of money or profit that is made


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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