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 Their company was one of the first to help athletes build and monetize social media brands. Matt Murschel,, "Looming NIL legislation opens doors for crowded marketplace," 24 Apr. 2021 Current and future proprietors need to diversify and find new ways of attracting customers, recalibrating events for seated/standing shows, creating outdoor spaces and finding more channels to monetize their venue operations through digital means. Mehmet Dede, Rolling Stone, "My Lessons From the Pandemic as a Nightlife Promoter," 21 Apr. 2021 His experience shows that an industry trying to monetize the pattern recognition skills of Autistic workers have failed to make room for skills that fall outside of this narrow view of neurodiversity. Nancy Doyle, Forbes, "Inclusivity In The World Of Tech: The Effectiveness Of Autism At Work Programmes," 15 Apr. 2021 But the American capacity to monetize human suffering knows no lows. Los Angeles Times, "Column: EBay takes Manzanar sketches off the auction block after Japanese American groups object," 7 Apr. 2021 For a startup like Discord, trying to monetize through ads would be difficult, analyst Mark Shmulik with AB Bernstein said. Sarah E. Needleman, WSJ, "What Is Everybody Doing on Discord?," 8 Mar. 2021 Irving Azoff's newly-launched venture Iconic Artists Group has partnered with David Crosby on a wide-ranging deal to monetize the California singer-songwriter's life work in the digital era, the two parties announced today (March 3). Tatiana Cirisano, Billboard, "David Crosby Sells Legendary Catalog to Irving Azoff's Iconic Artists Group," 3 Mar. 2021 Redman even suggested that the site was built for bloggers and recipe developers to monetize their work. Washington Post, "Recipeasly promised to ‘fix’ online recipes. After critics called it theft, the site shut down.," 2 Mar. 2021 But the platforms that allow clubs and players to engage with fans — and monetize sponsorships — can also be used as a force for good. Rob Harris, ajc, "English soccer at breaking point over abuse on social media," 13 Feb. 2021

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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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29 Apr 2021

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“Monetize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 May. 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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