Cash is money. If you've got extra cash in your pocket, you can put a dollar in the tip jar when you buy a cup of coffee.

When you use the word cash, you usually mean actual paper and coin currency: dollar bills and quarters, for example. People often contrast cash with credit cards or checks, and your favorite diner may have a sign that says "Cash only!" When you cash a check, a bank gives you the written amount in bills and coins. In the late 16th century, cash meant "money box," from the Latin capsa, "box."

Definitions of cash

n money in the form of bills or coins

“there is a desperate shortage of hard cash
hard cash, hard currency
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money received in return for its equivalent in a larger denomination or a different currency
the balance of money received when the amount you tender is greater than the amount due
chickenfeed, chump change, small change
a trifling sum of money
pin money, pocket money, spending money
cash for day-to-day spending on incidental expenses
cold cash, ready cash, ready money
money in the form of cash that is readily available
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the metal or paper medium of exchange that is presently used

n prompt payment for goods or services in currency or by check

immediate payment
credit, deferred payment
arrangement for deferred payment for goods and services
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a sum of money paid or a claim discharged

v exchange for cash

“I cashed the check as soon as it arrived in the mail”
cash in
convert into cash
convert into cash; of commercial papers
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change, exchange, interchange
give to, and receive from, one another

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