Definition of monetize in US English:


(British monetise)


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

    • ‘Is this a sign that the fiscal deficit is finally being monetised?’
    • ‘He notes that the company will monetize sales by selling images to users and splitting the revenue with the illustrators who created them.’
    • ‘The system, at this point, demonstrates a strong proclivity to monetize rising prices - inflation begetting higher inflation.’
    • ‘The debt load it heaps upon our already sated budgets will have to be monetized.’
    • ‘We'll never have the scale of a portal, but we have a much better ability to monetize the traffic we have.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Such is the simplified view of how the Federal Reserve actions monetized recent price increases, such as those of oil.’
    • ‘Doing so allows them to avoid sending bearish signals to investors while still monetizing their shares.’
    • ‘Dollar balances will continue to inundate the world, and foreign central banks will be forced to acquire / monetize these flows.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Federal Reserve has not yet had to monetize the national deficit, but the trend seems to point in that direction.’
    • ‘Six months after the launch, the board made the decision to dismiss the staff, close our virtual doors, and monetize the assets.’
    • ‘It is not up to the governments to monetize or demonetize a commodity.’
    • ‘The Constitution denies power to the government to monetize its debt.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘The sale also afforded us the opportunity to monetize a currently nonproductive asset.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Obviously, monetizing any commodity cheapens it.’
    • ‘Hey, who knows about monetizing assets better than CEOs?’
    1. 1.1usually as adjective monetized Adapt (a society) to the use of money.
      ‘a fully monetized society’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In the third century the economy was becoming less monetized; this trend reversed itself after the establishment of the solidus.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘His claim that ‘the fetishism of social relations becomes an established fact’ in a monetized society remains underelaborated.’
      • ‘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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If there's a resistance to adverts, how do you monetise these sites?’
    • ‘If you think about our consumption of 465 million page views per day in December, that's a whole lot of inventory to monetize.’
    • ‘This is a very early take on VOD and a studio monetizing old materials.’
    • ‘You can better monetise a person taking 20 cents off them for every item, than to ask someone for $10 up front.’
    • ‘"There was a fair amount of resistance toward the strategy of monetizing our businesses," says Sartain.’
    • ‘We take that relationship between the producer and the audience and monetise it through advertising.’
    • ‘Overall, 80.5 percent of our newspapers try to monetise (part of) their online content in direct ways.’
    • ‘Take away the exchange value of the copy, and how are artists able to monetise their creative work?’
    • ‘The site, which averages 4.7 million users a month, plans to monetize those eyeballs by delivering them to advertisers.’


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