bank·​ing | \ˈbaŋ-kiŋ \

Definition of banking 

: the business of a bank or a banker

Examples of banking in a Sentence

They are both in banking. He chose banking as a career.

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The president of the United States banking because big announcement. Fox News, "Sekulow: Kavanaugh will be a brilliant Supreme Court justice," 10 July 2018 The exams are designed to help the Fed avoid a repeat of the 2008 financial crisis by testing the resiliency of the banking system. Deon Roberts, charlotteobserver, "The Fed examined how local banks would fare in another downturn. Here's what it found," 21 June 2018 Regulators are also reining in China’s once-booming world of shadow banking. The Economist, "China has made progress in tackling financial risks," 14 June 2018 Current members include Wu, as well as the head of retail banking at Citi, the founder of NerdWallet, and a director at Texas Appleseed, a public interest law center. Washington Post,, "Mick Mulvaney fires members of CFPB advisory board," 7 June 2018 Eurogroup President Mario Centeno discusses global trade relations, the European banking union and future ECB appointments with Bloomberg's Mike McKee in Buenos Aires. Bloomberg, "Centeno Says EU in 'Constant Dialogue' With U.S. on Trade," 20 Mar. 2018 The order boasted considerable financial acumen, providing international banking and credit-transfer services. Kristina Krug, Smithsonian, "Meet the Americans Following in the Footsteps of the Knights Templar," 28 June 2018 James Rufus Koren James Rufus Koren covers banking and finance for the Los Angeles Times. James Rufus Koren,, "Facebook gives up on building internet-beaming drones," 27 June 2018 His predecessor, Jeffrey Immelt, exited most of GE’s banking and consumer operations. Rick Clough,, "GE CEO’s Make-or-Break Overhaul Took Shape on a Ski Vacation," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of banking

1660, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of banking was in 1660

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English Language Learners Definition of banking

: the business of operating a bank


bank·​ing | \ˈbaŋ-kiŋ\

Kids Definition of banking

: the business of a bank or banker


bank·​ing | \ˈbaŋ-kiŋ\

Legal Definition of banking 

: the business of a bank or banker

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