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[ kash ]
/ kæʃ /
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Definition of cash

noun
money in the form of coins or banknotes, especially that issued by a government.
money or an equivalent, as a check, paid at the time of making a purchase.
verb (used with object)
to give or obtain cash for (a check, money order, etc.).
Cards.
  1. to win (a trick) by leading an assured winner.
  2. to lead (an assured winner) in order to win a trick: He cashed his ace and led the queen.
Verb Phrases
cash in,
  1. to turn in and get cash for (one's chips), as in a gambling casino.
  2. to end or withdraw from a business agreement; convert one's assets into cash.
  3. Slang. to die: After her parents cashed in, she lived with her grandmother.
cash in on, to profit from; use to one's advantage: swindlers who cash in on the credulity of the public.
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Idioms about cash

    cash in one's chips, Slang. to die.

Origin of cash

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First recorded in 1590–1600; apparently back formation from cashier1

OTHER WORDS FROM cash

cash·a·ble, adjectivecash·a·bil·i·ty, nouncash·a·ble·ness, nounun·cashed, adjective

Other definitions for cash (2 of 3)

cash2
[ kash ]
/ kæʃ /

noun, plural cash.
any of several low-denomination coins of China, India, and the East Indies, especially a Chinese copper coin.

Origin of cash

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1590–1600; <Portuguese caixa<Tamil kācu copper coin <Sanskrit karṣa a weight (of precious metal)

Other definitions for cash (3 of 3)

Cash
[ kash ]
/ kæʃ /

noun
John "Johnny", 1932–2003, U.S. country-and-western singer, musician, and composer.
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British Dictionary definitions for cash (1 of 3)

cash1
/ (kæʃ) /

noun
banknotes and coins, esp in hand or readily available; money or ready money
immediate payment, in full or part, for goods or services (esp in the phrase cash down)
(modifier) of, for, or paid by casha cash transaction
the cash Canadian a checkout counter
verb
(tr) to obtain or pay ready money forto cash a cheque
See also cash in, cash up

Derived forms of cash

cashable, adjective

Word Origin for cash

C16: from Old Italian cassa money box, from Latin capsa case ²

British Dictionary definitions for cash (2 of 3)

cash2
/ (kæʃ) /

noun plural cash
any of various Chinese, Indonesian, or Indian coins of low value

Word Origin for cash

C16: from Portuguese caixa, from Tamil kāsu, from Sanskrit karsa weight of gold or silver

British Dictionary definitions for cash (3 of 3)

Cash
/ (kæʃ) /

noun
Johnny. 1932–2003, US country-and-western singer, guitarist, and songwriter. His recordings include the hits "I Walk the Line" (1956), "Ring of Fire" (1963), "A Boy named Sue" (1969), and the American Recordings series of albums (1994–2003)
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Other Idioms and Phrases with cash

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