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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Until the rise of smartphones and social networks, caller tunes were a big money-spinner for Indian mobile operators, contributing 82bn rupees in revenue in the three years to March 2012. The Economist, "How the world’s poor are discovering leisure online," 8 June 2019 The business logged $360,000 in annual revenue in 2018 and is growing, said Yen. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, "This Bay Area startup brings birth control to your doorstep, with or without insurance," 7 June 2019 Last summer, Elizabeth Warren introduced the Accountable Capitalism Act in Congress, which would require companies taking in at least a billion dollars in annual revenue to grant worker representatives forty per cent of their board seats. Osita Nwanevu, The New Yorker, "Bernie Sanders’s Walmart Speech May Offer a Preview of Larger Labor Proposals," 7 June 2019 In all, the 50 companies pulled in revenue totaling more than $924 million, according to the MMAC. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Manufacturers, including Good City Brewing, lead the 50 fastest-growing companies in the Milwaukee area," 7 June 2019 The business logged $360,000 in annual revenue in 2018 and is growing, said Yen. Parija Kavilanz, CNN, "This startup brings birth control to your doorstep, with or without insurance," 6 June 2019 Skeptics warn that Beyond Meat's stock market value -- now at $5.7 billion -- is hard to justify given that the startup company lost nearly $30 million just last year on barely $10 million in revenue. and has yet to turn a profit. Sarah Min, CBS News, "Beyond Meat stock price soars ever higher after first earnings report since smashing IPO," 6 June 2019 Launched in 2017, Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty generated $570 million in revenue during its first 15 months. Marquita K. Harris, Essence, "Rihanna Is Now The Wealthiest Female Musician Alive," 5 June 2019 Tesla has reported almost $2 billion in revenue from the sale of regulatory credits since 2010, Bloomberg reported. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, "GM, FCA strike a deal with Tesla that consumers subsidize," 5 June 2019

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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

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

noun

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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