[ 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.

Origin of demonetize

From the French word démonétiser, dating back to 1850–55. See de-, monetize

Related forms

de·mon·e·ti·za·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for demonetize



/ (diːˈmʌnɪˌtaɪz) /

verb (tr)

to deprive (a metal) of its capacity as a monetary standard
to withdraw from use as currency

Derived Forms

demonetization or demonetisation, noun
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