token

[ toh-kuhn ]
/ ˈtoʊ kən /

noun

verb (used with object)

to be a token of; signify; symbolize.

adjective

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

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Idioms for token

    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

OTHER WORDS FROM token

pre·to·ken, noun, verb (used with object)
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British Dictionary definitions for token

token
/ (ˈtəʊkən) /

noun

verb

(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 token

token

see by the same token; in token of.

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