bank·​ing | \ ˈbaŋ-kiŋ How to pronounce banking (audio) \

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Third is the continued federal ban on marijuana, which makes building a business extremely difficult and limits access to the mainstream banking system. Will Yakowicz, Forbes, 2 Aug. 2022 The committee is concerned the central banking system may still be vulnerable. Allison Pecorin, ABC News, 26 July 2022 Potential risks from the microlending business to China’s banking system were central to Beijing’s decision to call off the IPO. Raffaele Huang, WSJ, 26 July 2022 The amount of reserves in the banking system was fully under the control of the Federal Reserve. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 15 July 2022 That's a tiny number in the context of China's vast banking system, but could still present a big risk. Julia Horowitz, CNN, 12 July 2022 The push by crypto firms to join the banking system’s central plumbing comes at a fraught moment for the industry and its regulators. Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, 3 July 2022 The banking system has largely collapsed under the weight of international sanctions, and the foreign aid that propped up public services under the previous government has vanished. New York Times, 23 June 2022 Because dollar transactions must go through the traditional banking system, a process that takes longer and costs more. Globe Staff,, 17 June 2022 See More

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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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Last Updated

9 Aug 2022

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“Banking.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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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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