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quantitative easing

noun [U]
 
 
( abbreviation QE) FINANCE, ECONOMICS, BANKING
the act by a country's central bank of increasing the money supply (= amount of money in the economy) at a time when interest rates are very low, as a way of increasing economic growth: The Bank of England embarked upon a programme of printing money or quantitative easing, during March 2009.
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