revenue

noun, often attributive
rev·​e·​nue | \ˈre-və-ˌnü, -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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States have been trying since then to find constitutional ways to collect tax revenue from remote sellers into their state. Tom Cooney And Crystal Faulkner, Cincinnati.com, "Online purchases may become more expensive," 28 June 2018 The financial plan represents more than an 8 percent increase from the previous year’s spending made possible by an extra $500 million in revenue from property taxes, grants, fees, pass-throughs and other traditional income sources. City News Service, Ramona Sentinel, "Supervisors approve $6 billion budget that bolsters mental health services," 27 June 2018 Another reason Livingston agreed to end the ICE contract is that the county will supplement the roughly $2.4 million to $3 million a year the sheriff’s office will lose in revenue from the deal. Otis R. Taylor Jr., SFChronicle.com, "Honduran woman deported from Contra Costa jail is glad to hear ICE is getting booted," 12 July 2018 With a deal for CA, Broadcom will move into software used to manage business planning and other processes, adding a steady stream of recurring revenue from long-term contracts. Bloomberg, latimes.com, "Broadcom agrees to buy CA Technologies for $18.9 billion," 12 July 2018 Even though these are, well, fake accounts, Wall Street seems to have been fazed by the idea that Twitter will now make less revenue from advertisers. David Meyer, Fortune, "Xiaomi Surge, Trade War and Tesla, Uber and Lime: CEO Daily for July 10, 2018," 10 July 2018 Last year, Israeli lawmakers approved new measures to allow for the international export of cannabis, with some reports saying that the state could earn up to $4 billion annually in revenue from its exportation. Jewish Journal, "Israeli lawmakers are set to decriminalize use of cannabis," 10 July 2018 The program remained consistent with season ticket sales, recording 16,000 for the third year in a row, and totaled $2,655,691 in revenue from home games. Kelli Stacy, courant.com, "Historically Low Attendance At UConn Men's Basketball, Football Games As Programs Try To Rebuild," 10 July 2018 Together the community sponsors have funded $697,000 over six years and the county funded $50,000; revenue from memberships goes directly to Bewegen. Kate Magill, Howard County Times, "County hopes to double use of bikeshare program in second year," 9 July 2018

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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

: 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, -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 \

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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