Definition of illiquid in English:



  • 1(of assets) not easily converted into cash.

    ‘illiquid investments’
    • ‘Property is an extremely illiquid asset due to the long time and costs involved in selling a property.’
    • ‘That's a ridiculous range for a relatively illiquid asset like housing.’
    • ‘Residential real estate can be a very illiquid asset whose value is tied to the economic cycle.’
    • ‘Historically, property has had a low weighting because it is an illiquid asset.’
    • ‘With illiquid assets, exit can destroy the bulk of the firm's invested capital.’
    1. 1.1 (of a market) with few participants and a low volume of activity.
      • ‘This market is particularly illiquid so when the bank spotted the losses and decided to close it out, they had to cover the spread and that increased the losses.’
      • ‘Both government and businesses seek to privatize former government-owned enterprises, which is made difficult by fragmented and illiquid markets for public stock ownership.’
      • ‘Just under 5% of its equity is listed in Moscow, although the market is illiquid and few shares change hands.’
      • ‘Industry sources claimed the problem lay in too few gas shippers, which had resulted in an illiquid market.’
      • ‘Hence the extreme volatility in illiquid markets like Asia.’