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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Harvesting user data, and location data perhaps most invasively, is a widespread practice that extends far beyond just weather apps, and a tempting option to generate revenue in a market where the default price of apps is free. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "The Weather Channel Is Being Sued for Selling Your Data. How Long Before All the Other Apps Are Next?," 10 Jan. 2019 So, there are more women represented in the industry as a whole, particularly the big money-making vehicles that represent a good chunk of overall revenue. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Why Were There Fewer Top Female Movie Directors in 2018 Than In 2017?," 4 Jan. 2019 The uptick was dramatic: U.S. sales revenue of Japanese whisky jumped from about $1.5 million in 2011 to $24.7 million in 2017. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "Why You Should Be Drinking Japanese Whiskey Now," 15 Nov. 2018 Apple on Wednesday slashed its quarterly revenue forecast for the first time in more than 15 years. Yoko Kubota, WSJ, "Apple Loses Ground to China’s Homegrown Rivals," 3 Jan. 2019 Proponents argue that incentives, regardless of the shifts in how public money is spent, bring needed jobs and tax revenue. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Amazon HQ2 bids: The weird ways cities wanted to woo Bezos," 27 Dec. 2018 While Sephora declined to share revenue or production costs for Sephoria (which purely from the looks of it was easily in the millions), the return on investment from these Instagram-ready experiences is well-documented. Lindsay Schallon, Glamour, "Inside Sephoria: Sephora's Fabulous, Glittery, Two-Day House Party," 22 Oct. 2018 Today, tech giants want world-class talent, while cities want jobs and tax revenue. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Big cities courting big tech helped define 2018," 18 Dec. 2018 But in the three years the study examined, 11 films passed the $1 billion revenue mark—and all 11 of them passed the Bechdel Test. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "Movies That Pass the Bechdel Test Make More Money, Says a New Study," 11 Dec. 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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