rev·e·nue /ˈrɛvəˌnu, ˌnju/
1. That which returns, or comes back, from an investment; the annual rents, profits, interest, or issues of any species of property, real or personal; income.
Do not anticipate your revenues and live upon air till you know what you are worth. --Gray.
2. Hence, return; reward; as, a revenue of praise.
3. The annual yield of taxes, excise, customs, duties, rents, etc., which a nation, state, or municipality collects and receives into the treasury for public use.
Revenue cutter, an armed government vessel employed to enforce revenue laws, prevent smuggling, etc.
n 1: the entire amount of income before any deductions are made
[syn: gross, receipts]
2: government income due to taxation [syn: tax income, taxation,