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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Just over a quarter of the sites surveyed by SembraMedia had revenues of more than $100,000 in 2016 and half lost money. The Economist, "Latin America’s new media are growing up," 14 July 2018 Perez, a Columbus High School graduate, started developing the app in 2014 as a side project while working as an airline revenue management programmer. Rob Wile, miamiherald, "After mass shootings, schools turn to Miami-made app to keep out the bad guys," 13 July 2018 The former trade framework, which expired in early 2017, covered everything from how many U.S. movies China would accept into its cinemas to when and how the titles could be released to how much revenue foreign studios could ultimately take home. Patrick Brzeski, The Hollywood Reporter, "Will Hollywood Get Caught in Trump's China Trade War Crossfire?," 13 July 2018 The state agency that oversees municipal senior housing told the town in November to increase rents to ensure sufficient revenue. Bill Leukhardt, Courant Community, "Waiting List Open For Southington Housing Authority Apartments," 13 July 2018 Beekman takes over a 25-sport athletic department that had 713 athletes and accounted for $103,920,895 in revenue and $96,008,462 in expenses during the 2016-17 school year, according to the U.S. Department of Education data. David Jesse, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State to name Bill Beekman permanent athletic director on Monday," 13 July 2018 But Delta wants to bring in more revenue per passenger. Kelly Yamanouchi, ajc, "Delta to trim growth plans for flights this fall," 13 July 2018 Some supplement revenue from advertising with other income, such as grants. The Economist, "Latin America’s new media are growing up," 14 July 2018 The cannabis measure would impose a 1 percent tax on gross receipts — the total revenue a business receives during an accounting period — beginning Jan. 1, 2020. Trisha Thadani, SFChronicle.com, "SF supervisors committee tinkers with tax measures on cannabis, ride services," 13 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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