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.

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SunTrust’s online banking services went down on Sunday morning after a routine technical upgrade. Ken Sweet, The Seattle Times, "SunTrust’s online banking difficulties enters third day," 18 Sep. 2018 Chase's regular checking-and-savings accounts also offer digital banking services. Adam Shell, USA TODAY, "Chase all-mobile bank, Finn, rolled out nationwide in search of Millennials," 28 June 2018 The shortage of banking services has been a major obstacle to the industry, often forcing businesses to conduct sales and pay vendors and taxes in cash, sometimes in vast amounts that can become targets for criminals. Washington Post, "Proposed US banking fix for marijuana may not open all doors," 14 June 2018 The company, which was founded in Canada in 2014 and aims to give cannabis dispensaries and farmers access to banking services, has sponsored Rodman’s past travel. Abigail Abrams, Fortune, "What's Bringing Dennis Rodman to the North Korea Summit? The Marijuana Cryptocurrency PotCoin," 8 June 2018 Joseph Otting, the agency’s leader, said the new guidance is intended to help extend banking services to Americans whose credit scores are too low to qualify for conventional loans or credit cards. Emily Flitter, New York Times, "Regulator Urges Banks to Compete With Payday Lenders," 23 May 2018 PeoplesBank is relocating the retail and business banking services offered in its downtown Bel Air branch to buildings next door and across the street. David Anderson, The Aegis, "PeoplesBank relocating retail, business services in Bel Air," 18 May 2018 And the concept is more than proven; at present, only about 7 percent of the world’s national postal systems don’t offer some form of banking services. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Democrats Have a Plan to Save the Post Office – and Kill Payday Lenders," 25 Apr. 2018 There’s a banking next to the driveway, but the drop might be four or five feet. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "How I Started Making Snow and Turned My Place Into a Ski Resort," 19 Feb. 2019

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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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