[ toh-kuhn ]
/ ˈtoʊ kən /


verb (used with object)

to be a token of; signify; symbolize.


serving as a token: a token gift; a token male on an all-female staff.
slight; perfunctory; minimal: token resistance.


    by the same token,
    1. in proof of which.
    2. moreover; furthermore: She has a talent as a painter, and by the same token has a sharp eye for detail.
    in token of, as a sign of; in evidence of: a ring in token of his love.

Origin of token

before 900; Middle English; Old English tāc(e)n; cognate with German Zeichen, Old Norse teikn sign, mark. See teach

Related forms

pre·to·ken, noun, verb (used with object) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for by the same token


/ (ˈtəʊkən) /



(tr) to act or serve as a warning or symbol of; betoken

Word Origin for token

Old English tācen; related to Old Frisian tēken, Old Saxon tēkan, Old High German zeihhan, Old Norse teikn; see teach
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Idioms and Phrases with by the same token (1 of 2)

by the same token


In the same way, for the same reason. For example, He has a good ear for music, and by the same token he finds it easy to pronounce foreign words. This phrase today is used in a general way to connect statements that have some logical association with one another. [Mid-1400s]


As a corroborating circumstance, as in Boston's population has grown very fast, and by the same token its urban problems have also increased. [Late 1800s]

Idioms and Phrases with by the same token (2 of 2)


see by the same token; in token of.

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