Definition of currency in US English:

currency

nounPlural currencies

  • 1A system of money in general use in a particular country.

    ‘the dollar was a strong currency’
    ‘travelers checks in foreign currency’
    figurative ‘he was rich in the currency of love’
    • ‘In our day the false currency of meaningless words has been made to circulate in quantity.’
    • ‘We are an expensive destination because their currencies have effectively been devalued by around 30 % against ours.’
    • ‘Use of gold and silver as currency is, however, now a thing of the past.’
    • ‘Why has this term become common currency amongst students of international politics?’
    • ‘Past glories are a pretty shaky currency with which to trade as the ever-glamorous Glenn might be about to find out.’
    • ‘A consensus persists that the single European currency is undervalued at present levels and should recover over the medium term.’
    • ‘The government pegged its currency to the U.S. dollar starting in 1991.’
    • ‘Should Britain abandon the pound and join the European single currency?’
    • ‘The meeting will also discuss growing calls for a common Asian currency.’
    • ‘You may need to be careful you don't lose money if there is a transfer between currencies.’
    • ‘The 45 became pop's day-to-day currency.’
    • ‘The reason I remember it is because of its equivalent value in harder currencies.’
    • ‘When properly used, these indicators can be an invaluable resource for any currency trader.’
    • ‘It depends, as all currencies do, on people believing that it will hold its value over the long run.’
    • ‘We live in an age where celebrity is currency, star capital that can be parlayed into money.’
    • ‘Mobiles were as good as currency these days so no one was going to see one and just leave it lying around.’
    • ‘Because of currency devaluations, many people started to collect antiques as an investment.’
    • ‘Tourism also has fueled the black market, where drugs are sold and foreign currency is exchanged.’
    • ‘The deal was verbal, but a nod and a handshake are accepted currency in racing.’
    • ‘For a long time the U.S. dollar was unchallenged as the world's reserve currency.’
    money, legal tender, medium of exchange, cash, banknotes, notes, paper money, coins, coinage
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  • 2The fact or quality of being generally accepted or in use.

    ‘the term gained currency during the second half of the 20th century’
    • ‘Unsurprisingly, he was attacked vehemently by the church before his ideas gained common currency and became the new orthodoxy.’
    • ‘This was a new phrase, gaining currency, used by people incapable of understanding their own troubles.’
    • ‘A brief story about its use appeared last November but didn't gain wider currency.’
    • ‘Is the benefit purely economic, or do they also gain discursive currency?’
    • ‘In between times, the word gained some currency for the drug treatment of any disease condition.’
    • ‘No doubt that theory is also gaining currency amongst the usual apologists.’
    • ‘The words and concepts which gain or lose currency in the media reflect the change.’
    • ‘The idea may have gained currency that he is a bit of a saint, what with all his campaigning.’
    • ‘In some, ideas of wider participation gained currency and even implementation.’
    • ‘I agree that we should hope these talking points really gain currency.’
    • ‘It is only in the last 10 to 15 years that alternative views have begun to gain currency.’
    • ‘Some of these may have gained currency only in certain parts of the world.’
    • ‘Yet whatever currency such views have gained, it is doubtful if he himself would have recognized them.’
    • ‘Many of these inkhorn coinages were used only once and gained no currency at all among other writers.’
    • ‘These ideas have gained a lot of currency in the study of literary genres.’
    • ‘However, the refrain that Australia should not become involved is gaining wider currency.’
    • ‘The perception that he is a stranger to the truth has gained universal currency - on very good grounds.’
    • ‘However, as Outsider Art began to gain currency in the United Sates, the definition started to blur.’
    • ‘It was only after the establishment of British rule that the word India gained currency.’
    • ‘I realised it would increase my currency if I didn't do any interviews.’
    prevalence, circulation, dissemination, publicity, exposure
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    1. 2.1 The time during which something is in use or operation.
      ‘no claim had been made during the currency of the policy’
      • ‘The storage administrator will also need to manage the number and currency of snapshots.’
      • ‘The term was also used as a verb and, in the days of its currency, a petardier was the individual charged with the explosion of the petard.’

Pronunciation

currency

/ˈkərənsi//ˈkərənsē/