Definition of currency in English:


Line breaks: cur|rency
Pronunciation: /ˈkʌr(ə)nsi

noun (plural currencies)

  • 1A system of money in general use in a particular country: the dollar was a strong currency [mass noun]: travellers cheques in foreign currency
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    • You may need to be careful you don't lose money if there is a transfer between currencies.
    • The reason I remember it is because of its equivalent value in harder currencies.
    • It depends, as all currencies do, on people believing that it will hold its value over the long run.
    money, legal tender, medium of exchange, cash, banknotes, notes, paper money, coins, coinage; North American bills
    formal specie
    See also money
  • 2 [mass noun] The fact or quality of being generally accepted or in use: the term gained wider currency after the turn of the century
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    • I agree that we should hope these talking points really gain currency.
    • However, the refrain that Australia should not become involved is gaining wider currency.
    • A brief story about its use appeared last November but didn't gain wider currency.
    prevalence, circulation, dissemination, publicity, exposure; acceptance, popularity, traction, fashionableness, voguishness
  • 2.1The time during which something is in use or operation: no claim had been made during the currency of the policy
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    • The storage administrator will also need to manage the number and currency of snapshots.
    • The term was also used as a verb and, in the days of its currency, a petardier was the individual charged with the explosion of the petard.

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