Meaning of “tangible” in the English Dictionary

(Definition of “tangible” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"tangible" in American English

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us /ˈtæn·dʒə·bəl/

real and able to be shown or touched:

Drivers will see tangible improvements on major roadways.

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"tangible" in Business English

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uk /ˈtændʒəbl/ us

real, existing; able to be shown or experienced:

tangible evidence/proof/signs We can now see tangible evidence of economic renewal and growth.
a tangible achievement/benefit/effect Rewards can include financial payments, promotions, and other tangible benefits.
tangible improvement/progress/results They hope the meeting will achieve tangible results.

ECONOMICS able to be touched or felt:

A key difference between tangible cash and almost any other form of money lies in traceability.
tangible goods/products The company buys and sells services as well as tangible goods.
adverb /ˈtændʒəbli/

The summit will bring the area some useful publicity and, more tangibly, a huge building boom.



uk /ˈtændʒəbl/ us

[ C, usually plural ] ECONOMICS a real thing that exists in a physical way:

Quality standards for tangibles like food are easier to assess than for intangibles such as service or waiting times.

[ plural ] FINANCE physical things that you can invest in, such as gold, oil, or works of art, rather than financial investments:

The price of precious metals and other tangibles should appreciate over the following years.

[ C, usually plural ] ACCOUNTING, FINANCE →  tangible asset

(Definition of “tangible” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)