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Dividend's definition and meaning

Dividend is the number to be divided

The word dividend means the number that is to be divided.

diagram of divisor and dividend


  • 8/2 means 'eight divided by two' and in this case 8 is the dividend, the number that we will divide by 2 to get the answer (4).
    • The above problem could be alternately written 8 ÷ 2 or divisor .
  • 11/20 means 'eleven divided by twenty' and in this case 11 is the dividend.
    • Therefore it should be noted that the dividend does not have to be greater than the divisor.