verb (used with object)
- tokara islands,
- tokelau islands,
- token economy,
- token money,
- token payment,
- token strike,
- token vote
- in proof of which.
- moreover; furthermore: She has a talent as a painter, and by the same token has a sharp eye for detail.
Origin of token
Examples from the Web for token
But before the former First Lady left the Obama Administration, the Tanzanian Ambassador wanted to give her a token of esteem.Meditation Rugs, Swords, and Horse Head Fiddles: The Strangest Gifts Given to Government Bigwigs|Ben Jacobs|November 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Eventually, it was gifted to Czar Peter the Great as a token of goodwill between the Germans and Russians.
“I would advise any candidate to assess their viability and not just do a token run,” said Celinda Lake, a Democratic pollster.
He said some current social media efforts “border on token activism.”
He accepts the token without looking at it, brushes past the man and walks right by the painted-over pantyhose rap.The Stacks: The Neville Brothers Stake Their Claim as Bards of the Bayou|John Ed Bradley|April 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The officer shook his head in token of doubt about the truthfulness of that denial, and grinned sardonically.Secret Service or Recollections of a City Detective|Andrew Forrester
He turned the token in his hand, caressing it as on that first night when Jessamine had taken his heart captive.Lin McLean|Owen Wister
This receipt you will preserve and return to me in token that you have fulfilled your mission.Lochinvar|S. R. Crockett
Felix held out his hand as a token of amity, which the other took.After London|Richard Jefferies
That he repeated the salutation, and extended his hand as a token of unbroken friendship.Round the Block|John Bell Bouton
Word Origin for token
Old English tacen "sign, symbol, evidence" (related to tæcan "show, explain, teach"), from Proto-Germanic *taiknan (cf. Old Saxon tekan, Old Norse teikn "zodiac sign, omen, token," Old Frisian, Middle Dutch teken, Dutch teken, Old High German zeihhan, German zeichen, Gothic taikn "sign, token"), from PIE root *deik- "to show" (see teach).
Meaning "coin-like piece of stamped metal" is first recorded 1590s. Original sense of "evidence" is retained in by the same token (mid-15c.), originally "introducing a corroborating evidence."
"nominal," 1915, from token (n.). In integration sense, first recorded 1960.
see by the same token; in token of.