monetize

verb
mon·​e·​tize | \ ˈmä-nə-ˌtīz also ˈmə- \
monetized; monetizing

Definition of monetize

transitive verb

1 : to coin into money also : to establish as legal tender
2 : to purchase (public or private debt) and thereby free for other uses moneys that would have been devoted to debt service
3 : to utilize (something of value) as a source of profit

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Other Words from monetize

monetizable \ -​ˌtī-​zə-​bəl \ adjective
monetization \ ˌmä-​nə-​tə-​ˈzā-​shən also  ˌmə-​ \ noun

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The problem is simple: content that isn’t safe for work is hard to monetize, and Tumblr’s future has been in doubt since the day it was purchased. Bijan Stephen, The Verge, "Tumblr’s porn ban could be its downfall — after all, it happened to LiveJournal," 6 Dec. 2018 In this light, Amazon Go stores may be as valuable, or more valuable, as pick-up points and mini-fulfillment centers for wealthy urban consumers; selling goods is just another part of monetizing urban real estate. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Amazon is coming for the small corner store," 2 Oct. 2018 At the hearings, many lawmakers questioned whether Facebook can really change so long as its business model depends on monetizing users’ data to sell ads. Katy Steinmetz, Time, "Congress Never Wanted to Regulate Facebook. Until Now," 12 Apr. 2018 With so many users within the Apple ecosystem, the company now has the opportunity to monetize more services, improve existing services, and add new ones like Apple's Search Ad business on the App Store. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "While iPhone sales remain stagnant, Apple services hit $10 billion in revenue," 1 Nov. 2018 Facebook acquired WhatsApp for $22 billion in 2014, and Koum and Acton butted heads with Facebook over its efforts to further monetize the messaging service; the two companies also clashed over things like desk sizes and bathroom doors. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Will Apple ever merge the iPhone and Mac operating systems?," 6 June 2018 But even before Lil Tay's first branded Instagram—a key opportunity to monetize—went live on Monday, cracks in her facade began to show. Taylor Lorenz, The Atlantic, "The Lil Tay Saga Reaches Its Logical Conclusion," 24 May 2018 LinkedIn has been the anti-Facebook in its aggressive attempts to monetize users directly. Alex Salkever, Fortune, "Here's What a Paid Version of Facebook Might Look Like," 8 May 2018 In addition, Nintendo says video creators can only monetize these videos through a number of official partner programs on a handful of platforms, including YouTube, Twitter, Twitch, and Facebook. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Nintendo ends controversial YouTube revenue-sharing program," 29 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of monetize

circa 1879, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for monetize

Latin moneta

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monetize

verb

Financial Definition of monetize

What It Is

To "monetize" something is to convert non-revenue generating assets into sources of revenue.  In economic terms, monetize means to convert any event, object or transaction into a form of currency or something with transferable value.

How It Works

For example, over time, a company may develop any number of systems or assets that are part of the company's overhead and infrastructure, supporting the company in selling its products or services.  Examples of these may include a safe storage system or an innovative and efficient distribution system or an information system to track sales, monitor projects, track personnel time, account for funds or even report on company activities.  These systems are typically non-revenue generating, in that they are not sold to generate revenues independently of the company's core product or service.

But sometimes a company may be able to find an independent market for these systems.   When the company begins to package and sell these traditionally non-revenue generating systems, the company "monetizes" them, creating new sources of revenue for the company.

In another example, a flow of traffic to a destination, such as tourists to a historic site, can be monetized by capturing retail sales from those tourists en route to the historic site.  At the same time, Internet surfing "traffic" to popular websites has been "monetized" by selling advertising space and getting site visitors to view the advertisement.

Why It Matters

The process of figuring out creative ways of monetization is about as old as capitalism (which is only about 300-400 years old in its current form).   The processes of monetization -- that is, thinking systematically about how to convert something into cash -- is a valuable part of a business's strategic planning process.

Similarly, the capital markets are constantly innovating and finding new ways to monetize market transactions, using letters of credit, standby guarantees, derivatives and swaps to allow for the creation of new tradable financial products.

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monetize

transitive verb
mon·​e·​tize | \ ˈmä-nə-ˌtīz \
monetized; monetizing

Legal Definition of monetize

1 : to coin into money also : to establish as legal tender
2 : to purchase (public or private debt) and thereby free for other uses moneys that would have been devoted to debt service
3 : to utilize (something of value) as a source of profit

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