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[mon-i-tahyz, muhn-] /ˈmɒn ɪˌtaɪz, ˈmʌn-/
verb (used with object), monetized, monetizing.
to legalize as money.
to coin into money:
to monetize gold.
to give the character of money to.
Economics. to convert (a debt, especially the national debt) into currency, especially by issuing government securities or notes.
Also, especially British, monetise.
Origin of monetize
1875-80; < Latin monēt(a) money + -ize
Related forms
monetization, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for monetization
  • In this monetization approach, apps are free, but developers build revenue through in-app purchases.
  • It is the perfect solution for the monetization of valuable scientific content.
  • monetization and the need for regulation increased as you moved between layers to markets that were progressively more integrated.
  • monetization activities should not disrupt commercial markets for agricultural commodities.
  • The current practice of using food aid to generate cash for development projects--monetization--is also inherently inefficient.
  • Another area of food aid resources that deserves a closer look is monetization.
  • The immense player base of these games keeps the pace viable, because there are so many avenues for monetization.
British Dictionary definitions for monetization


verb (transitive)
to establish as the legal tender of a country
to give a legal value to (a coin)
Derived Forms
monetization, monetisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for monetization

1864; see monetize + -ation.



1880, "put into circulation as money," from Latin moneta "money" (see money) + -ize. Related: Monetized; monetizing.

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