revenue

noun, often attributive
rev·​e·​nue | \ ˈre-və-ˌnü How to pronounce revenue (audio) , -ˌnyü \

Definition of revenue

1 : the total income produced by a given source a property expected to yield a large annual revenue
2 : the gross income returned by an investment
3 : the yield of sources of income (such as taxes) that a political unit (such as a nation or state) collects and receives into the treasury for public use
4 : a government department concerned with the collection of the national revenue

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Examples of revenue in a Sentence

The factory lost revenue because of the strike by the workers. The firm is looking for another source of revenue. Government officials have reported a decrease in revenue. state and federal tax revenues
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Recent Examples on the Web Coal severance taxes, one source of revenue, fell by more than 25% over the past decade to $194 million last year, according to the state Department of Revenue. ... Kris Maher, WSJ, "Wyoming Makes a Case for Coal," 15 Feb. 2020 Once that account amounts to 5% of state spending, half of any excess revenue would be used to pay off debt. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Republicans unveil plan to reduce debt and cut income and business taxes," 14 Feb. 2020 The choice for the Wilpons comes down to allowing SNY to be included in a deal to maximize the deal’s value or to hold on to SNY, a reliable stream of revenue, and leave the debt and tax problems to be solved another day. Kevin Draper, New York Times, "Yes, the Mets Are Still for Sale. No, the Owners Don’t Have to Sell Them.," 13 Feb. 2020 Weldon said 6% of hospital revenue can be attributed to cruise ship passengers. Melissa Yeager, azcentral, "Rocky Point cruise: What does a sudden tourism boom mean for a quiet port community?," 12 Feb. 2020 CyOne's purchase of the Swiss portion of the business was structured as a management buyout, enabling top Crypto employees to move into a new company insulated from the espionage risks and with a reliable source of revenue. Greg Miller, Anchorage Daily News, "‘Intelligence coup of the century’: How the CIA was able to read encrypted messages of allies and adversaries for decades," 11 Feb. 2020 Some of the revenue could be used to expand programming and community corrections, Henderson said. Elizabeth Depompei, Indianapolis Star, "It will take more than a $23M expansion to solve Johnson County's jail problem," 10 Feb. 2020 The current gas tax prompted an analysis from city auditors that determined Portland wasn’t prepared to handle the influx of revenue or get the projects out the door on time. oregonlive, "Portland City Council officially sends 10-cent gas tax back to voters," 7 Feb. 2020 The resulting loss of tax revenue will be a big one for the city to absorb, Sellers told The Plain Dealer Friday. Jordyn Grzelewski, cleveland, "Warrensville Heights to lose jobs, tax revenue in Sherwin-Williams facility consolidation," 7 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of revenue

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for revenue

Middle English, return, revenue, from Anglo-French, from revenir to return, from Latin revenire, from re- + venire to come — more at come

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“Revenue.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/revenue. Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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revenue

noun

Financial Definition of revenue

What It Is

Revenue, also called sales (or turnover, in the UK), refers to the value of the products and services a company sells.

Net revenue usually refers to a company's sales net of discounts and returns.

How It Works

Let's assume grocery store XYZ sold $100,000 worth of food for the year. It would record these sales as revenue on the very top of its income statement (as shown below).

Why It Matters

Revenue is a measure of how much raw income a company is bringing in from sales of its products and services. A company that sees its revenue rise every year signals that a company is selling more of its products and services which can help it grow. Falling revenues each year signal that a company is faltering or shrinking.

Generally, the more revenue a company brings in the more money a company has to work with to pay expenses and make a profit.

Generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and industry standards often determine when a company can record revenue. For example, if a wholesaler sells a product for $10,000, does it record the sale when it receives the order, when it ships the product a week later, or when it receives payment from the buyer a month after that? Revenue recognition standards answer these questions, which vary by industry and type of sale. You can usually learn what a company’s revenue recognition policies are in the notes to its financial statements.

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revenue

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English Language Learners Definition of revenue

finance
: money that is made by or paid to a business or an organization
: money that is collected for public use by a government through taxes

revenue

noun
rev·​e·​nue | \ ˈre-və-ˌnü How to pronounce revenue (audio) , -ˌnyü \

Kids Definition of revenue

1 : money that is made by or paid to a business or organization sales revenues
2 : money collected by a government (as through taxes)

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revenue

noun, often attributive
rev·​e·​nue | \ ˈre-və-ˌnü, -ˌnyü How to pronounce revenue (audio) \

Legal Definition of revenue

1 : the total income produced by a given source a property expected to yield a large annual revenue
2 : the gross income returned by an investment
3 : the yield of sources of income (as taxes) that a political unit (as a nation or state) collects and receives into the treasury for public use
4 : a government department concerned with the collection of national revenue

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