cash

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noun (1)

1
: ready money
2
: money or its equivalent (such as a check) paid for goods or services at the time of purchase or delivery

cash

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adjective

: being a method of accounting that includes as income only what has been received and as expenses only those paid compare accrual

cash

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verb

cashed; cashing; cashes

transitive verb

1
: to pay or obtain cash for
cash a check
2
: to lead and win a bridge trick with (a card that is the highest remaining card of its suit)
cashable adjective

cash

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noun (2)

plural cash
1
: any of various coins of small value in China and southern India
especially : a Chinese coin with a square hole in the center
2
: a unit of value equivalent to one cash

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Example Sentences

Verb The store wouldn't cash the check. He cashed his paycheck at the bank.

Word History

Etymology

Noun (1)

modification of Middle French or Old Italian; Middle French casse money box, from Old Italian cassa, from Latin capsa chest — more at case

Noun (2)

Portuguese caixa, from Tamil kācu, a small copper coin, from Sanskrit karṣa, a weight of gold or silver

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1622, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1811, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of cash was in 1593

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Cite this Entry

“Cash.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cash. Accessed 6 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

cash 1 of 2

noun

1
: money in the form of coins or bills
2
: money or its equivalent (as a check) paid for goods at the time of purchase or delivery

cash

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verb

: to pay or obtain cash for
cash a check

Legal Definition

cash

noun

1
: ready money
2
: money or its equivalent (as a check) paid for goods or services at the time of purchase or delivery
cash against documents
: a sight draft in exchange for a bill of lading
agree that the buyer will pay cash against documents

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