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 Established in 2008, the Housing Trust Fund started making payments to state governments in 2016, and is fueled by a sliver of the proceeds from the parallel federal mortgage programs, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Ashraf Khalil, Star Tribune, "Federal low-income housing grant doubles in size this year," 5 Apr. 2021 The amount generated by the foundation over the years has fluctuated with the stock market, with 5% of the proceeds going back to the county and anything beyond that returning to the foundation’s principle. Amy Lavalley,, "County foundation leaders watch bill that would level out fund highs and lows," 5 Apr. 2021 Bleu is donating proceeds from every sale to One Tree Planted to support the rebuilding of forests that have been plagued with extensive damage due to fires and flooding. Jeffrey Westbrook, Marie Claire, "21 Sustainable Beauty Innovations for 2021," 1 Apr. 2021 The family uses some of the proceeds to help with Nickolas' care and donates the remainder to charities, including the Rare Disease Foundation and Easter Seals. Bob Dohr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "This nonverbal 5-year-old from Menomonee Falls uses paintings to communicate. His artwork is filling the Greenfield Fire Department.," 31 Mar. 2021 As a bonus, many of the activities offered through this special collection are also listed as Social Impact, meaning all of the proceeds go to a non-profit. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, "Airbnb Launches New Neurodiverse Experiences to Ensure Virtual Travel Is for Everyone," 30 Mar. 2021 Shopbop, which has clothes, shoes, bags and accessories from more than 500 top designer brands, will donate 20% of proceeds from sales of the House of Aama canvas tote bag collection to Women for Women International. oregonlive, "Fashion, decor and cooking companies are giving back during Women’s History Month," 29 Mar. 2021 To purchase this merchandise, visit and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. cleveland, "Hope Blooms at Mayfield High School through April 1; through giant flowers, donations sought for food bank," 28 Mar. 2021 In addition to the inclusiveness of the new experiences, many of them are Social Impact, meaning all of the proceeds will go to a non-profit. Danielle Harling, House Beautiful, "Airbnb Introduces New Virtual Experiences for Neurodiverse Guests," 28 Mar. 2021

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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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8 Apr 2021

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“Proceeds.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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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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