Definition of monetize in English:


(British monetise)


[with object]
  • 1Convert into or express in the form of currency.

    ‘Hamilton had monetized the entire federal and state war debts’
    • ‘Doing so allows them to avoid sending bearish signals to investors while still monetizing their shares.’
    • ‘Will it be stabilised by fiscal transfers from other member countries or should the European Central Bank be allowed to monetise the accrued national debt?’
    • ‘The Bundesbank resisted monetizing the deficit and interest rates jumped to record levels as early as 1989.’
    • ‘Hey, who knows about monetizing assets better than CEOs?’
    • ‘The trick is to monetize this buzz, to make liberal use of her celebrity pixie dust to undo the damage her legal woes did to her company.’
    • ‘Dollar balances will continue to inundate the world, and foreign central banks will be forced to acquire / monetize these flows.’
    • ‘The Constitution denies power to the government to monetize its debt.’
    • ‘The sale also afforded us the opportunity to monetize a currently nonproductive asset.’
    • ‘Such is the simplified view of how the Federal Reserve actions monetized recent price increases, such as those of oil.’
    • ‘The debt load it heaps upon our already sated budgets will have to be monetized.’
    • ‘Six months after the launch, the board made the decision to dismiss the staff, close our virtual doors, and monetize the assets.’
    • ‘He notes that the company will monetize sales by selling images to users and splitting the revenue with the illustrators who created them.’
    • ‘The Federal Reserve has not yet had to monetize the national deficit, but the trend seems to point in that direction.’
    • ‘Is this a sign that the fiscal deficit is finally being monetised?’
    • ‘It is not up to the governments to monetize or demonetize a commodity.’
    • ‘The system, at this point, demonstrates a strong proclivity to monetize rising prices - inflation begetting higher inflation.’
    • ‘To the extent that the Fed is able to monetize assets it can increase bank reserves, upon which banks can increase the money supply by pyramiding further.’
    • ‘‘If you monetize it now, you get probably a pretty good multiple for the business… and you get some liquidity in the door today,’ he says.’
    • ‘Obviously, monetizing any commodity cheapens it.’
    • ‘We'll never have the scale of a portal, but we have a much better ability to monetize the traffic we have.’
    1. 1.1usually as adjective monetized Convert or adapt (a society, economy, etc.) to trade based on the exchange of money.
      ‘a fully monetized society’
      • ‘His claim that ‘the fetishism of social relations becomes an established fact’ in a monetized society remains underelaborated.’
      • ‘In the third century the economy was becoming less monetized; this trend reversed itself after the establishment of the solidus.’
      • ‘Customary forms of communal labor were gradually giving way to more monetized arrangements as agriculture became increasingly commercial and war disrupted the supply and demand for workers.’
      • ‘He embraced them as practitioners of the money trade whose credit served to induce economic equalization and prosperity in the monetized society of fifteenth-century Urbino.’
      • ‘The earliest Greek poetry and wisdom, we citizens of a thoroughly monetized society recognise as alien and yet somehow more akin to us than anything from those earlier civilisations.’
  • 2Earn revenue from (an asset, business, etc.)

    ‘the company has not said how it expects to monetize the game’
    ‘some of this content can be monetized’
    • ‘You can better monetise a person taking 20 cents off them for every item, than to ask someone for $10 up front.’
    • ‘Overall, 80.5 percent of our newspapers try to monetise (part of) their online content in direct ways.’
    • ‘If you think about our consumption of 465 million page views per day in December, that's a whole lot of inventory to monetize.’
    • ‘The site, which averages 4.7 million users a month, plans to monetize those eyeballs by delivering them to advertisers.’
    • ‘If there's a resistance to adverts, how do you monetise these sites?’
    • ‘"There was a fair amount of resistance toward the strategy of monetizing our businesses," says Sartain.’
    • ‘While most business owners spend a good chunk of their time touting the benefits of their products and services, "they haven't tried to monetize those benefits," says Brent.’
    • ‘We take that relationship between the producer and the audience and monetise it through advertising.’
    • ‘Take away the exchange value of the copy, and how are artists able to monetise their creative work?’
    • ‘This is a very early take on VOD and a studio monetizing old materials.’


Late 19th century: from French monétiser, from Latin moneta ‘money’.