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To cause or produce good results in the future due to an investment of time, money, or other resources. The amount of time the team has dedicated to practice and drilling has been paying dividends, as they've been dominating the competition so far this season. Being disciplined in the way you study now will pay dividends by the time your exams come around.
COMMON If something pays dividends, it brings advantages at a later date. Taking time out to get fit will pay dividends in the long run. Martin went out of his way to lavish attention on Mrs. Eaton, a move which later paid big dividends. Note: A dividend is a payment of profits that is divided among all the shareholders of a company.
pay ˈdividendsproduce great advantages or profits: Learning a foreign language will always pay dividends. ♢ Hard work while you’re young pays dividends later.
If you invest in a company, the money you receive as your share of the profit is called a dividend.