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cash1

Syllabification: cash
Pronunciation: /kaSH
 
/

noun

1Money in coins or notes, as distinct from checks, money orders, or credit: the staff were paid in cash a discount for cash
More example sentences
  • Entities having cash credit accounts or bill accounts can now make repayments of their credit facilities in cash instead of a cheque or draft.
  • You can take Traveller cheques, cash, and a credit card.
  • In the finance office, the main coffer lock was detonated, damaging all papers, including vouchers, promissory notes, cash and cheque box.
Synonyms
coins, change
informal dough, bread, loot, moolah, bucks, dinero, lucre
1.1Money in any form, especially that which is immediately available: she was always short of cash
More example sentences
  • Health bosses said the shortage has been heightened by practices going private, claiming demand and lack of cash was affecting their ability to treat patients.
  • A county council spokesman said the fund was not short of cash for paying pensioners.
  • The Group remains in a negative cashflow position as it used its available cash to finance capital expenditure and retire debt.
Synonyms
finance(s), money, resources, funds, assets, the means, the wherewithal

verb

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1Give or obtain notes or coins for (a check or money order).
Example sentences
  • After a phone call, they informed me that if I went into Kitchener, the post office there would have the money to cash the money order.
  • If we are going to be cashing cheques for the bank, we could not face the cut in payment.
  • But as soon as he had finished laughing all the way to the bank and cashed the cheque, he was arrested on 24 counts of arson.
Synonyms
exchange, change, convert into cash/money;
honor, pay, accept
1.1 Bridge Lead (a high card) so as to take the opportunity to win a trick.
Example sentences
  • Usually, therefore, defense starts with one defender cashing a long suit, hoping that his partner will become void in the suit and be able to discard in another suit, or simply to pave the way for an attack in that same suit.
  • Ann now cashes five clubs on which Bill discards down to the two aces and the 9

Origin

late 16th century (denoting a box for money): from Old French casse or Italian cassa 'box', from Latin capsa (see case2).

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  • case from (Middle English):

    Case ‘an instance’ is something that happens or befalls, coming via French from Latin casus ‘a fall’, also the source of casual (Late Middle English). The case meaning ‘container’ is from Old French casse, the modern forms of which is caisse ‘trunk, chest’, based on Latin capsa, related to capere ‘to hold’ ( see capable). Latin capsa is also the base of late Middle English capsule, a general term at first for ‘a small container’, and cash (late 16th century) originally meaning ‘money-box’. The same base gave rise to late Middle English casement, which was first recorded as an architectural term for a hollow moulding.

Phrases

cash in one's chips

1
informal Die.
[with reference to gambling in a casino]
Example sentences
  • Roddy was in our monthly poker group that included a rowdy, hard-living group, nearly all of whom have cashed in their chips and are still great memories.
  • ‘On the 11 th,’ he says, ‘I came close to cashing in my chips.’
  • The legendary Veronica Dunne sings the role of the Countess, who also cashes in her chips, but not until she has hit a few high notes.

Phrasal verbs

cash in

1
informal Take advantage of or exploit (a situation): the breweries were cashing in on the rediscovered taste for real ales
More example sentences
  • Or do you, like me, feel exploited by big institutions cashing in on the phenomenon?
  • The oil companies stress they cannot cash in this profit because they have to replenish stocks.
  • Even the city's Resistance Museum is cashing in on the orgy of national pride with its exhibit on Rembrandt in second world war propaganda.
Synonyms
make money from, profit from, make a killing from

cash something in

2
Convert an insurance policy, savings account, or other investment into money.
Example sentences
  • The decision with-profits investors have to make is whether to keep their investments or to cash them in.
  • Young investors have more opportunities for riskier financial plans as they are not dependent on it for an income and can wait to cash it in when their investments are at a high.
  • A puzzler for the impaired - what sort of ‘asset’ requires that you borrow more money to cash it in?

cash out

3
1Cost: juicy baked chicken cashed out at $7
2 another way of saying cash something in.

Derivatives

cashable

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • The efficiency challenge, which was set by the Government, means it is obligatory for the council to make a 2.5 per cent saving every year for three years, of which at least half must be cashable finance.
  • Go ahead with the tournament and take a chance on the checks being cashable when the banks open.
  • He proposed that Grant send with each order a cheque for 30% of the order and a letter of credit for 50% of the order, cashable at what he referred to as the billing date.

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There are 2 main definitions of cash in English:

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cash2

Syllabification: cash
Pronunciation: /kaSH
 
/

noun (plural same)

historical

Origin

late 16th century: from Portuguese caixa, from Tamil kāsu, influenced by cash1.

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  • case from (Middle English):

    Case ‘an instance’ is something that happens or befalls, coming via French from Latin casus ‘a fall’, also the source of casual (Late Middle English). The case meaning ‘container’ is from Old French casse, the modern forms of which is caisse ‘trunk, chest’, based on Latin capsa, related to capere ‘to hold’ ( see capable). Latin capsa is also the base of late Middle English capsule, a general term at first for ‘a small container’, and cash (late 16th century) originally meaning ‘money-box’. The same base gave rise to late Middle English casement, which was first recorded as an architectural term for a hollow moulding.

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