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income

[in-kuhm] /ˈɪn kʌm/
noun
1.
the monetary payment received for goods or services, or from other sources, as rents or investments.
2.
something that comes in as an addition or increase, especially by chance.
3.
Archaic. a coming in.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English: literally, that which has come in, noun use of incomen (past participle of incomen to come in), Old English incuman; see in, come
Related forms
incomeless, adjective
Synonyms
1. interest, salary, wages, annuity, gain, return, earnings.
Antonyms
1. outgo, expenditure.
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  • On the income side, non-cash benefits such as subsidised housing and food stamps, are ignored.
  • But in low income areas, families simply don't have the money.
  • Investments and real estate income also account for a sizable portion of revenue.
  • income inequality will always grow as long as those with more money can invest it to allow that money to grow faster.
  • Some of the income differences probably stem from culture.
  • There is evidence, at both an individual and a country level, of a relationship between income and happiness.
  • It's that time of year, again, the deadline for filing your federal and state income tax returns.
  • Financial plans are offered to help our employees with their income replacement needs when they retire.
  • Many would probably choose to build out a store, or some income generating space.
  • The pickings are slim for investors seeking income in the usual places.
British Dictionary definitions for income

income

/ˈɪnkʌm; ˈɪnkəm/
noun
1.
the amount of monetary or other returns, either earned or unearned, accruing over a given period of time
2.
receipts; revenue
3.
(rare) an inflow or influx
Word Origin
C13 (in the sense: arrival, entrance): from Old English incumen a coming in
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Word Origin and History for income
n.

c.1300, "entrance, arrival," literally "what enters," perhaps a noun use of the late Old English verb incuman "come in," from in (adv.) + cuman "to come" (see come). Meaning "money made through business or labor" (i.e., "that which 'comes in' as a product of work or business") first recorded c.1600. Income tax is from 1799, first introduced in Britain as a war tax, re-introduced 1842; authorized on a national level in U.S. in 1913.

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income in Culture

income definition


The amount of money received during a period of time in exchange for labor or services, from the sale of goods or property, or as a profit from financial investments.

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