from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To establish as legal tender.
  • transitive v. To coin (money).
  • transitive v. To convert (government debt) from securities into currency that can be used to purchase goods and services.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To convert something (especially a security) into currency
  • v. To mint money
  • v. To establish a currency as legal tender
  • v. To make a business activity profit-generating, particularly in computer and internet-related activities.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To convert into money; to adopt as current money.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To give the character of money to; legalize as money; coin into money.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. give legal value to or establish as the legal tender of a country


From Latin monēta, money; see money.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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