Definition of cash noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

      

    cash

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    noun
    NAmE//kæʃ//
     
     
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  1. 1 [uncountable] money in the form of coins or bills How much cash do you have on you? Payments can be made by check or in cash. Customers are offered a 10% discount if they pay cash. The thieves stole $500 in cash. see also cold cash, petty cash Thesaurusmoneycash change billsThese are all words for money in the form of coins or paper notes.money money in the form of coins or paper notes:I counted the money carefully. Where can I change my money into dollars? paper money (= money that is made of paper, not coins)cash money in the form of coins or paper notes:How much cash do you have on you? Payments can be made by credit card or in cash.money or cash?If it is important to contrast money in the form of coins and notes and money in other forms, use cash:How much money/cash do you have on you? Payments can be made by credit card or in money. Customers are offered a discount if they pay money.change the money that you get back when you have paid for something giving more money than the amount it costs; coins rather than paper money:The ticket machine doesn't give change. I don't have any small change (= coins of low value).bills paper money rather than coins:The machine only accepts small bills (= $20 or less).Patterns to get (out)/take out/withdraw money/cash ready money/cash (= money that you have available to spend immediately) small change/bills
  2. 2[uncountable] money in any form The museum needs to find ways of raising cash. I'm short of cash right now. I'm constantly strapped for cash (= without enough money). Local schools have been low on cash for a number of years.
  3. 3[countable] (Canadian English) (informal) = cash register
  4. Idioms
    cash on delivery(abbreviation COD)
     
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    a system of paying for goods when they are delivered
    cash up front
     
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    with immediate payment of cash to pay for something cash up front
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