token

token
I. token to‧ken 1 [ˈtəʊkən ǁ ˈtoʊ-] noun [countable]
a piece of paper, card, plastic etc that can be exchanged for goods:

• Collect eight of these tokens and send off for a free recipe book.

ˈbook ˌtoken
a piece of paper worth a particular amount of money which can be exchanged for a book in a shop:

• a £10 book token

ˈgift ˌtoken also ˈgift ˌvoucher
a piece of paper worth a particular amount of money which can be exchanged for goods in a shop; = gift certificate AmE
  [m0] II. token token 2 adjective [only before a noun]
done or given only as a small sign of something larger or more important:

• a token cut in interest rates

• There is a token charge (= a small charge that does not cover the actual cost of something ) for the use of the database.

• The players were amateurs and received only a token payment plus expenses.

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token UK US /ˈtəʊkən/ noun [C]
MONEY a round piece of metal or plastic that is used instead of money in some machines, for example, to get food or drink out of a vending machine, use a car park, etc: »

You'll need some tokens for the coffee machine.

MARKETING a piece of paper that is given when you buy a particular product, which can be exchanged for something when you have collected enough of them: »

There is a promotion on the cereal box offering a free toy for every 10 tokens you collect.

FORMAL an action that you take or a thing that you give that is a symbol of your feelings about something, even though it may not be very big or valuable: a token of sth »

Please accept this gift as a token of our gratitude.

See also BOOK TOKEN(Cf. ↑book token), GIFT TOKEN(Cf. ↑gift token)
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token UK US /ˈtəʊkən/ adjective [before noun]
DISAPPROVING done or existing only to show that you are following rules or doing what is expected, even though the results are limited: »

The wording of the advertisement was merely a token gesture towards equal opportunities.

»

She was appointed as the token woman on the board

used to describe a payment that is very small: »

a token sum/payment

»

There is a token charge for membership of the staff club.


Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • Token — To ken, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Tokened}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Tokening}.] [AS. t[=a]cnian, fr. t[=a]cen token. See {Token}, n.] To betoken. [Obs.] Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tōken — (engl., »Zeichen«), Münzzeichen, Wertzeichen; von englischen Städten und Privatleuten unter eignem Wappen 1648–72 geprägte Kupfermünzen zu 1/2 Penny, dann vor und nach 1800 neben den schlechten Scheidemünzen des Staates von englischen Banken und… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

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