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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The retailer went from an EBay store to a thriving company pulling in $100 million in revenue six years later. Lindzi Scharf, latimes.com, "Sophia Amoruso, L.A.’s millennial ‘Girlboss,’ is busy with her second act," 3 July 2019 The budget spends hundreds of millions of dollars more in 2021 than the state is expected to receive in revenue through taxes and other sources, according to an analysis released this week by the nonpartisan Wisconsin Policy Forum. Molly Beck, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Tony Evers uses his vast veto power to raise school spending another $65 million, wipe out Tesla provision," 3 July 2019 Stricken by postindustrial decline and the 2008 financial crisis, its municipalities turned to their police departments and courts to make up for shortfalls in revenue. Ava Kofman, ProPublica, "Digital Jail: How Electronic Monitoring Drives Defendants Into Debt," 3 July 2019 Gregory said the ship hopes for about 200,000 visitors a year but gets about 80,000 and generates $1.2 million in revenue. Fox News, "Naval warships, faced with steep maintenance costs, fight to survive," 3 July 2019 The companies signing the brief represent more than 7 million employees and $5 trillion in annual revenue, according to the Human Rights Campaign, the largest of the LGBTQ rights groups organizing the initiative. Washington Post, "Big business to Supreme Court: Defend LGBTQ people from bias," 2 July 2019 The budget was brought back Thursday with $5.5 million in cuts and an additional $2 million in revenue. Emily Sorensen, Pomerado News, "PUSD 2019-20 budget makes $5.5 million in cuts to meet board’s approval," 2 July 2019 The businesses in the division had $3.8 billion in revenue last year. Orla Mccaffrey, Dallas News, "Merger of defense giants L3 and Harris could mean more jobs for North Texas," 2 July 2019 The community generates an average of $100,000 in operating income on about $1.7 million in revenue each month, CFO Linda Shields testified. Patrick Danner, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio-area retirement community’s bankruptcy plan OK’d," 2 July 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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