- An honest and great car mechanic is an example of an asset.
- A house is an example of an asset.
- anything owned that has exchange value
- a valuable or desirable thing to have: charm is your chief asset
- [pl.]Accounting all the entries on a balance sheet showing the entire resources of a person or business, tangible and intangible, including accounts and notes receivable, cash, inventory, equipment, real estate, goodwill, etc.
- property, as of a business, a bankrupt, etc.
- the property of a deceased person available to his or her estate for the payment of debts and legacies
Origin of assetearlier assets from Anglo-French assetz (in legal phrase aver assetz, to have enough) from Old French assez, enough from Vulgar Latin an unverified form ad satis, sufficient from Classical Latin ad, to + satis, enough: see sad
- A useful or valuable quality, person, or thing; an advantage or resource: proved herself an asset to the company.
- A valuable item that is owned.
- A spy working in his or her own country and controlled by the enemy.
- assets a. Accounting The entries on a balance sheet showing all properties, both tangible and intangible, and claims against others that may be applied to cover the liabilities of a person or business. Assets can include cash, stock, inventories, property rights, and goodwill.b. The entire property owned by a person, especially a bankrupt, that can be used to settle debts.
Origin of assetBack-formation from English assets sufficient goods to settle a testator's debts and legacies from Anglo-Norman asetz from asez enough from Vulgar Latin ad satis to sufficiency Latin ad to ; see ad- . Latin satis enough ; see sā- in Indo-European roots.
- ownership equity
From Anglo-Norman asetz, from Old French assez "enough".
- Initialism of Association of Supervisory Staffs, Executives and Technicians.
asset - Investment & Finance Definition
Cash, accounts receivables, property, or equipment that has value and is listed on a company’s balance sheet. An asset may be bought or sold and its price can range from hundreds of dollars to millions of dollars.
asset - Legal Definition
- Any property or right that is owned by a person or entity and has monetary value. See also liability.
- All of the property of a person or entity or its total value; entries on a balance sheet listing such property.