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demonetize

[dee-mon-i-tahyz, -muhn-] /diˈmɒn ɪˌtaɪz, -ˈmʌn-/
verb (used with object), demonetized, demonetizing.
1.
to divest (a monetary standard or the like) of value.
2.
to withdraw (money or the like) from use.
3.
to deprive (an issue of postage stamps) of validity by legal methods and without marking the stamps themselves.
Also, especially British, demonetise.
Origin of demonetize
1850-1855
From the French word démonétiser, dating back to 1850-55. See de-, monetize
Related forms
demonetization, noun
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demonetize

/diːˈmʌnɪˌtaɪz/
verb (transitive)
1.
to deprive (a metal) of its capacity as a monetary standard
2.
to withdraw from use as currency
Derived Forms
demonetization, demonetisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for demonetize
v.

1852, from French démonitiser, from de- (see de-) + monetiser (see monetize).

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