ta·​ka | \ ˈtä-kə How to pronounce taka (audio) , -(ˌ)kä \

Definition of taka

the basic monetary unit of Bangladesh — see Money Table

Examples of taka in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After Artem Dzyuba's penalty had cancelled out the own goal from Sergei Ignashevich that opened the scoring, Russia spent most of the game on the defensive, maintaining a rigid structure that Spain's tiki-taka was powerless to penetrate. SI.com, "Stanislav Cherchesov Thanks Players for Trusting in Defensive Tactics After Famous Win Over Spain," 1 July 2018 In a bid to offset some of the Western retail fallout, Bangladesh’s prime minister Sheikh Hasina announced a 5,000 crore Bangladeshi taka bailout worth $590 million on March 25. Elizabeth Paton, New York Times, "‘Our Situation is Apocalyptic’: Bangladesh Garment Workers Face Ruin," 31 Mar. 2020 This school, which used to be free, now charges 350 taka ($4) a month. The Economist, "How BRAC, the world’s biggest charity, made Bangladesh richer," 5 Sep. 2019 Rahman noted that the government will provide 500 tons of rice and 1.3 million taka ($15,476) to every person affected by the fire. Sugam Pokharel And Matthew Robinson, CNN, "Bangladesh slum fire leaves 10,000 people homeless," 18 Aug. 2019 Boatmen were charging 10,000 Bangladeshi taka (about $120 at the time)—a fortune for such impoverished people, most of whom had fled their homes with nothing. Gaia Vince, Quartz, "How to survive in the world’s largest refugee camp," 8 June 2019 In those where a few households were offered grants of 1,000 taka (about $12), 59% of them sent someone to a city. The Economist, "Bangladesh experiments with a new approach to poverty alleviation," 25 Jan. 2018 But there’s a dark side to conducting business, with slum lords charging refugees at least 2,000 taka ($24) for space to build a shelter. Washington Post, "‘Too many people’: Refugee influx worries Bangladesh town," 25 Sep. 2017 Knots of refugees run after any vehicle that slows down in the hope of getting a few taka (pennies) or something to eat. Washington Post, "‘Too many people’: Refugee influx worries Bangladesh town," 25 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of taka

1972, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for taka

Bengali ṭākā rupee, taka, from Sanskrit ṭaṅka stamped coin

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“Taka.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/taka. Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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