[ dee-mon-i-tahyz, -muhn- ]
/ diˈmɒn ɪˌtaɪz, -ˈmʌn- /
verb (used with object), de·mon·e·tized, de·mon·e·tiz·ing.
to divest (a monetary standard or the like) of value.
to withdraw (money or the like) from use.
to deprive (an issue of postage stamps) of validity by legal methods and without marking the stamps themselves.
Also especially British, de·mon·e·tise.
Related formsde·mon·e·ti·za·tion, noun
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Examples from the Web for demonetize
In 1652 an attempt was made to demonetize the vellon, June 25th, which was abandoned November 14th.A History of the Inquisition of Spain; vol. 4|Henry Charles Lea
The only result is to demonetize gold and to cause it to be hoarded or exported.
British Dictionary definitions for demonetize
/ (diːˈmʌnɪˌtaɪz) /
to deprive (a metal) of its capacity as a monetary standard
to withdraw from use as currency
Derived Formsdemonetization or demonetisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for demonetize
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