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[rev-uh n-yoo, -uh-noo] /ˈrɛv ənˌyu, -əˌnu/
the income of a government from taxation, excise duties, customs, or other sources, appropriated to the payment of the public expenses.
the government department charged with the collection of such income.
revenues, the collective items or amounts of income of a person, a state, etc.
the return or yield from any kind of property, patent, service, etc.; income.
an amount of money regularly coming in.
a particular item or source of income.
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Middle French, noun use of feminine past participle of revenir to return < Latin revenīre, equivalent to re- re- + venīre to come
Related forms
[rev-uh n-yoo-uh l, -uh-noo-, ri-ven-yoo-] /ˈrɛv ənˌyu əl, -əˌnu-, rɪˈvɛn yu-/ (Show IPA),
revenued, adjective
nonrevenue, adjective, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for revenues
  • As income tax revenues plummeted along with incomes, the government was running on empty.
  • Preserving the dragons and their habitat, for example, benefits the community by bringing tourist revenues.
  • The country will lose timber revenues from logging concessions that will have to be canceled or scaled back.
  • Economists estimate local governments rely on land sales for as much as a third of their revenues.
  • On paper, a mechanism does exist for distributing oil revenues somewhat fairly.
  • While oil revenues fueled its early development, now trade and tourism power this city-state's phenomenal growth rate.
  • The locals felt disenfranchised, not benefitting from park revenues.
  • The saint exceedingly raised its reputation and increased its building and revenues.
  • Oil has supplanted forestry as the mainstay of the economy, providing a major share of government revenues and exports.
  • It means millions of dollars in water-related revenues for the state's economy every year.
British Dictionary definitions for revenues


the income accruing from taxation to a government during a specified period of time, usually a year
  1. a government department responsible for the collection of government revenue
  2. (as modifier): revenue men
the gross income from a business enterprise, investment, property, etc
a particular item of income
something that yields a regular financial return; source of income
Derived Forms
revenued, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Old French, from revenir to return, from Latin revenīre; see revenant
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Word Origin and History for revenues



early 15c., "income from property or possessions," from Middle French revenue, in Old French, "a return," noun use of fem. past participle of revenir "come back" (10c.), from Latin revenire "return, come back," from re- "back" (see re-) + venire "come" (see venue). Meaning "public income" is first recorded 1680s; revenue sharing popularized from 1971. Revenuer "U.S. Department of Revenue agent," the bane of Appalachian moonshiners, first attested 1880.

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revenues in Culture

revenue definition

The income of local, state, or national governments.

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