cash

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
  1. noun
    money in the form of bills or coins
    “there is a desperate shortage of hard cash
    synonyms: hard cash, hard currency
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    change
    money received in return for its equivalent in a larger denomination or a different currency
    change
    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
    type of:
    currency
    the metal or paper medium of exchange that is presently used
  2. noun
    prompt payment for goods or services in currency or by check
    synonyms: immediate payment
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    credit, deferred payment
    arrangement for deferred payment for goods and services
    type of:
    payment
    a sum of money paid or a claim discharged
  3. verb
    exchange for cash
    “I cashed the check as soon as it arrived in the mail”
    synonyms: cash in
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    liquidate
    convert into cash
    redeem
    convert into cash; of commercial papers
    type of:
    change, exchange, interchange
    give to, and receive from, one another
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