mon·​e·​tize | \ ˈmä-nə-ˌtīz How to pronounce monetize (audio) 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 \ ˈmä-​nə-​ˌtī-​zə-​bəl How to pronounce monetize (audio) also  ˈmə-​ \ adjective
monetization \ ˌmä-​nə-​tə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce monetize (audio) also  ˌmə-​ \ noun

Examples of monetize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Dominion is suing the MyPillow CEO not just for lying about the election but for trying to monetize those lies, as well. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Dominion Voting Systems’ Legal Rampage Against Trump’s Grifters," 24 Feb. 2021 Early on in Twitch’s life, streamers could monetize their viewers in one of two ways: subscriptions to their livestreams or advertisements. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, "Gaming Sites Are Still Letting Streamers Profit From Hate," 4 Feb. 2021 That's more than can generally be said for streamer donation platforms Streamlabs and StreamElements, which have allowed far-right and white supremacist users to monetize their hate. Brian Barrett, Wired, "Security News This Week: Government Demands for Amazon Data Shot Up 800 Percent in 2020," 6 Feb. 2021 HD Media claims Google monopolized the digital advertising market to an extent that it's been able to extract a supracompetitive share of the newspaper company's advertising revenues, hindering the ability to effectively monetize its content. Mica Soellner, Washington Examiner, "Newspaper company files antitrust suit against Google and Facebook," 31 Jan. 2021 But the pandemic has also given him more time to finish Iconn and build out opportunities for artists to monetize their content, whether that's accepting payment and getting tips through the app or making special appearances. Dave Brooks, Billboard, "In Launching Iconn App, Ja Rule Says He's Ready to Move On From Fyre Fest," 28 Jan. 2021 The move gives these journalists more control and independence over their newsletters and the ability to monetize their followings. NBC News, "From diversity to streaming, 2020 was a year of reckoning for media industry," 28 Dec. 2020 There were plans to monetize ITC’s grounds before Eighmy arrived at the university in 2017, but they were shelved, several people said. Elaine Ayala,, "UTSA’s Institute of Texan Cultures at HemisFair Park is a neglected treasure. Now, community leaders are negotiating to secure its future.," 19 Dec. 2020 In Apple's view, antitrust law gives Apple broad flexibility to decide how to monetize this platform. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Apple’s app store is an illegal monopoly, rival Cydia claims in suit," 11 Dec. 2020

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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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The first known use of monetize was circa 1879

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28 Feb 2021

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“Monetize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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transitive verb
mon·​e·​tize | \ ˈmä-nə-ˌtīz How to pronounce monetize (audio) \
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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