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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.
Origin of revenue
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 revenue
  • Presidents temporize while for-profit and a few independent colleges grab millions in revenue from under their noses.
  • The three main sources of general revenue are personal income, sales and corporate income taxes.
  • Advertising revenue for the broadcast will top well over a half-billion dollars.
  • He needed one last great adventure, and the revenue from the bestselling book that was sure to follow, before retiring.
  • Yet this increased revenue has not eased economic hardships, which include double-digit unemployment and inflation.
  • If you tax too high, the revenue will yield nothing.
  • In other words, the utility is collecting half the revenue it should from the power it supplies.
  • All things being equal, such a building will produce four times more revenue and four times more in property taxes.
  • Their deadly appearances have led to immense revenue losses for the fishing industry and posed a threat to human health.
  • It would, of course, greatly increase revenue for the pharmaceutical companies.
British Dictionary definitions for revenue


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 revenue

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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revenue in Culture

revenue definition

The income of local, state, or national governments.

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