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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR TOKEN

Whoever is in need of help the world over, by that token has a claim on us.

And twice he had been oblivious to that token of their maturing understanding.

And the women would slowly nod their heads in token of assent.

I wish she would; she could 'bear a message and a token,' as the song says.

But Alice responded only by moving her head slowly, in token of refusal.

Then she smiled graciously and nodded her head in token of acquiescence.

I was working for you, Auguste, in view of presenting you with a token of friendship.

Beneath every leaf was some token of a delightful awakening.

But Jeanbernat shook his head, and again waved his hand in token of refusal.

She was reading, her bosom rising and falling in token of the excitement that possessed her.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English tacen "sign, symbol, evidence" (related to tæcan "show, explain, teach"), from Proto-Germanic *taiknan (cf. Old Saxon tekan, Old Norse teikn "zodiac sign, omen, token," Old Frisian, Middle Dutch teken, Dutch teken, Old High German zeihhan, German zeichen, Gothic taikn "sign, token"), from PIE root *deik- "to show" (see teach).

Meaning "coin-like piece of stamped metal" is first recorded 1590s. Original sense of "evidence" is retained in by the same token (mid-15c.), originally "introducing a corroborating evidence."

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