cash

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noun (1)

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: 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

Illustration of cash

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Examples of cash in a Sentence

Verb The store wouldn't cash the check. He cashed his paycheck at the bank.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Here are what the experts are saying about training your mind to stash more cash. Jasmine Browley, Essence, 10 Apr. 2024 Earlier this year Tesco agreed to sell much of its banking business to Barclays Plc in a deal releasing £1 billion of cash for the retailer. Jennifer Creery, Fortune Europe, 10 Apr. 2024 According to police, Harrison told the officers the customer gave her $10 cash and the Jeep Liberty because her 53rd birthday was coming up in a few weeks. Gabe Hauari, USA TODAY, 9 Apr. 2024 The five-year program combines rental assistance, direct cash payments and educational resources to participants selected through a lottery. Ellie Silverman, Washington Post, 9 Apr. 2024 The Powerball jackpot for Monday night's draw was estimated at $20 million and had a cash value of $9.4 million. The Arizona Republic, 9 Apr. 2024 Ormes was released from the Kenton County Detention Center on a $2,500 cash bond Tuesday. Jolene Almendarez, The Enquirer, 9 Apr. 2024 Winners who opt for cash would be paid $452.3 million. CBS News, 30 Mar. 2024 Looking at types of funding, women entrepreneurs most often sought funding by applying for business lines of credit, followed by bank loans, SBA loans, merchant cash advance, and home equity lines of credit. Rohit Arora, Forbes, 30 Mar. 2024
Adjective
Total revenues and gifts were $230 million in fiscal 2023, down from $288 million last year, largely owing to fewer donations of cash and non-cash assets, offset by higher investment returns. Alex Weprin, The Hollywood Reporter, 1 Dec. 2023 London, 38, who dated the late rapper from 2013 up until his death, will be awarded 50% of cash and non-cash assets on behalf of Kross. Daniela Avila, Peoplemag, 1 Nov. 2023 Although this type of reporting has historically been limited to pure cash transactions, the infrastructure bill extended the requirement to digital assets which are–ironically–treated as non-cash property by the IRS in general. Shehan Chandrasekera, Forbes, 16 Mar. 2023 The restructuring program is expected to result in approximately $130 million in cash charges related to severance and other exit and restructuring activities and $80 million in non-cash charges. oregonlive, 11 Feb. 2022 About $365 million of non-cash charges will include a $291 million impairment related to its New York City flagship retail store, recognized during the first quarter. Lorraine Mirabella, baltimoresun.com, 8 Sep. 2020 So the rich hold a lot of non-cash bearing assets. Edward J. McCaffery, CNN, 26 Oct. 2021 The last time a task force looked at PILOT payments in the city was a decade ago and the community benefits, or non-cash, contributions will now be re-examined, with officials looking at how to make the program’s benefits most equitable. BostonGlobe.com, 14 June 2021 The ex-police officer was arrested on May 29, four days after Floyd died, but was released from jail on a $1 million non-cash bond in early October. Ella Lee, USA TODAY, 22 Dec. 2020
Verb
But as Times transportation reporter Rachel Uranga explained recently, their expectations wrote checks that their coffers couldn’t cash. Ryan Fonseca, Los Angeles Times, 12 Apr. 2024 At many sportsbooks, taxes are taken out of winnings if a ticket cashed pays 300-1 odds or higher. Will Yakowicz, Forbes, 28 Mar. 2024 Banks are forced to spend more to beef up their technology to prevent criminal check fraud, and, even then, plenty of fake checks continue to get cashed. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, 28 Mar. 2024 As a result, Weisbrot said surety companies want liquid assets as collateral, specifically cash or a letter of credit, and not hard assets like real estate. Katrina Kaufman, CBS News, 25 Mar. 2024 But the former president probably will not be able to cash it out right away, unless some things change. Stan Choe, Fortune, 21 Mar. 2024 The goal is to move with such speed that anomalies are flagged and banks are alerted before fraudulent checks are ever cashed, Treasury officials said. Matt Egan, CNN, 28 Feb. 2024 As Mercury and Jupiter clash, your imagination writes checks that reality can’t cash. USA TODAY, 10 Feb. 2024 Your Wallet Best rewards and cash back credit cards | Your Wallet How to maximize your winter travel budget | Your Wallet Smart Investing Slide 1 of 21 What Nvidia's reversal means for investors Is there an AI bubble? Quartz, 14 Mar. 2024

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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 23 Apr. 2024.

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

2 of 2 verb
: to pay or obtain cash for
cash a check
Etymology

Noun

from early French casse or early Italian cassa, both meaning "money box," from Latin capsa "chest, box" — related to case entry 2

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

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