Definition of money in English:



mass noun
  • 1A current medium of exchange in the form of coins and banknotes; coins and banknotes collectively.

    ‘I counted the money before putting it in my wallet’
    ‘he borrowed money to modernize the shop’
    • ‘They are forced to take in three roomers who pay money in exchange for room and board.’
    • ‘If I had the money, I'd buy her a van to let her get around and do the things she likes to do.’
    • ‘You have borrowed some money and splashed out on anything from home improvements to a holiday.’
    • ‘The shoemaker in turn can exchange the money for goods and services he requires.’
    • ‘He said the money from the land tax will be used for land reform, a contentious issue in the country.’
    • ‘It is so much easier to use a foreign cash point to get money in the local currency as and when you need it.’
    • ‘You may need to be careful you don't lose money if there is a transfer between currencies.’
    • ‘It is a sample taken from one state agency to remind taxpayers how their money is spent.’
    • ‘This hasn't been a good year to be earning money in dollars and reporting profits in sterling.’
    • ‘In essence such a program involves the central bank injecting more money into the economy.’
    • ‘People who are at the edge and trying to borrow money will defer the purchase of a home.’
    • ‘We can borrow money from the European pool of savings at no incremental cost to ourselves.’
    • ‘This allows you to deposit a sum of money for a fixed period of time at an agreed level of interest.’
    • ‘By the end of next year, they will have saved enough rent money for a deposit on a second house.’
    • ‘They are in the business of lending money and the more money they lend the more profit they make.’
    • ‘Any attempt by banks to suggest that credit cards are not used to borrow money is untrue.’
    • ‘Many money people are wasting money that they could be using to save for their retirement.’
    • ‘Well why not donate the money you were going to spend on those shoes to a charity.’
    • ‘Councillors feel it would not be an appropriate use of council tax payers' money.’
    • ‘Use a debit card such as Laser which allows you to draw from money in your current account.’
    cash, hard cash, ready money
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    1. 1.1moneys" or "moniesformal Sums of money.
      ‘a statement of all moneys paid into and out of the account’
      • ‘A blend of user fees, grants and existing moneys should be used to fund this development.’
      • ‘They could be moved back with the assistance of a fund comprised of moneys deducted from U.S. loan guarantees.’
      • ‘Any order for payment of moneys on account of damages made hereunder may be enforced as a judgment of the court.’
      • ‘I am not for turning all Social Security moneys over to the private sector.’
      • ‘The moneys of this fund are to be paid in accordance with instructions handed down by the transitional government.’
    2. 1.2 The assets, property, and resources owned by someone or something; wealth.
      ‘the college is very short of money’
      • ‘You need neither money nor resources; you simply need time and space to practise.’
      • ‘For Teare, Craig Robertson said he was not a sophisticated criminal who stole because he was short of money.’
      • ‘When I protested that I was really short of money, he told me not to worry.’
      • ‘All those who have been attracted to the Army are doing it for money, sort of mercenaries.’
      • ‘When new National Lottery funding was turned down, money ran short and the coach house project had to be shelved.’
      • ‘They might balk at that sort of money and refuse to pick up the tab, which was a scary thought.’
      • ‘Of course, the author is not short of money, so her house is unlikely to resemble the village cowp.’
      • ‘Gardaí suspect the sisters do not have any money or wealth, apart from their homes.’
      • ‘That sort of money goes a long way in Tonga, and will allow the strikers to outlast the government.’
      • ‘He added that any surplus cash is reclaimed by Westminster and given to other organisations that are short of money.’
      • ‘All of that costs a lot of money and to date the government hasn't been prepared to put that sort of money in.’
      • ‘In any event, he apparently did not bring any money or assets to this relationship.’
      • ‘It's not that he is short of money but for Norman, competitive golf is what it's all about.’
      • ‘As long as we keep pouring our own time and money and resources into it, it will keep on keeping on in this direction.’
      • ‘Well yes obviously this sort of romance needs money, and if you just happen to be courting Paris Hilton, then hey.’
      • ‘For that sort of money, he is considering dressing up like a girl and auctioning ourselves as a date.’
      • ‘Applied efficiently and correctly, that sort of money could work miracles.’
      • ‘He's a hypocrite who sends his child to private school, but opposes choice for parents without his sort of money.’
      wealth, riches, fortune, affluence, assets, liquid assets, resources, substance, means, deep pockets, prosperity
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    3. 1.3 Financial gain.
      ‘the main aim of a commercial organization is to make money’
      • ‘I hear them say that there is no way they could make money by doing business this way.’
      • ‘They say they want to help you but really they want to make money from you.’
      • ‘But everyone agrees that there will be changes in the way we do business and make money.’
      • ‘The challenge of how to make money out of downloadable music is clearly too taxing for them.’
      • ‘Sure make money, but empower and provide opportunities to local populations as well.’
      • ‘Contrary to popular belief, police do not make money out of issuing speeding tickets.’
      • ‘Casinos are a great way to make money, so long as you're not a punter.’
      • ‘The truth was distorted in order to make a story and to make money.’
      • ‘It is the only supermarket in the world to make money on its online business and its international expansion is also on track.’
      • ‘York would have more nightclubs if someone could make money out of them.’
      • ‘It was a way for her to make money while going to acting auditions.’
      • ‘We have a responsibility to our shareholders that we have to make money out of what they have put in.’
      • ‘All major media outlets are owned by corporations that use them to make money.’
      • ‘We needed to make changes, not necessarily to make money off the student groups but to break even.’
      • ‘The closest they've come to an answer is that they don't believe that they could make money on it.’
      • ‘You have your work to do and you're out there trying to make money for us to live on so there's no reason for me to get mad at you.’
      • ‘The vast black market in second-hand mobile phones has made the thefts an easy way to make money.’
      • ‘Police officers warn they want to get a foot in your door for one reason alone and that's to make money out of you.’
      • ‘I'm asking if you think it's right that one company should be able to make money out of it?’
      • ‘If you want to make money you need to be the songwriter and publish.’
    4. 1.4 Payment for work; wages.
      ‘she accepted the job at the bank since the money was better’
      • ‘I pay tax on my money, my taxed income is paid to the nanny and then I pay tax for the nanny on top.’
      • ‘If his or her next story was any good, the author had the option to go where the money is.’
      • ‘Up to 170,000 homeworkers could get more money under new minimum wage regulations.’
      pay, salary, wages, remuneration, fee, stipend
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  • be in the money

    • informal Have or win a lot of money.

      ‘they were in the money after the last race’
      • ‘But even if the odd debt goes bad, lenders should still be in the money.’
      • ‘They will be in the money if they have switched to a resurgent real estate sector.’
      • ‘Well, don't you worry, Stevie, we'll be in the money soon.’
      • ‘The York owner was in the money today after watching his horse triumph in the first race on Knavesmire yesterday.’
      • ‘This is one of the simplest and fastest ways to check whether one is in the money or not;’
      • ‘York anglers were in the money at both of the York region's premier match carp waters.’
      • ‘A couple of defeats and those with a few quid on the former Dundee United striker as the first managerial casualty of the season could well be in the money.’
      • ‘Ken said he was in the money and decided to change the carpet and sofa.’
      • ‘Travelers shareholders were among the few who were in the money after a year, garnering returns that were a slim 2% better than other insurers.’
      • ‘If the stock climbs above that strike price, the worker is in the money.’
      rich, wealthy, affluent, well-to-do, well off, prosperous, moneyed, in clover, opulent
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  • for my money

    • In my opinion or judgement.

      ‘for my money, they're one of the best bands around’
      • ‘Still, for my money, the champions are a decent bet to prevail.’
      • ‘It is, for my money, one of the best screenplays of the past decade, with passages that always produce a smile on my face or a look of amazement in my eyes.’
      • ‘It's always difficult to resist the pull of a better-known attraction, but for my money, there's no competition.’
      • ‘His famous novel begins with a couple of paragraphs which, for my money, constitute the most mesmerising start of any novel ever written.’
      • ‘Now, for my money, Scott's pretty clearly about as guilty as sin.’
      • ‘‘There could have been more running and jumping for my money,’ he says, laughing.’
      • ‘‘For my money, he is one of the best centre-halves in England,’ said Melrose.’
      • ‘But for my money, this short sojourn confirmed for me once again that cruising boaters are a most interesting lot.’
      • ‘He is the complete back row forward and for my money, is the best forward in the world game.’
      • ‘The best thing about the site, for my money, is that I've managed to avoid having any photographic likeness of myself included anywhere on it.’
      in my opinion, to my mind, in my view, as i see it, to my way of thinking, according to my way of thinking, from my standpoint, personally, in my estimation, in my judgement, in my book, if you ask me
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  • money for old rope (or money for jam)

    • informal Money or reward earned for little or no effort.

      ‘he charged £65 for a 30 minute consultation—talk about money for old rope’
      • ‘Forget money for old rope - Jute is simply good food at reasonable prices.’
      • ‘The job would be money for jam for a man who thrives on putting politicians in their place.’
      • ‘I can tell you that it is enormously overpriced - it's money for old rope for lenders and insurers.’
      • ‘This is really money for old rope for the banks, who often make as much profit from selling you the protection policy as they do from the loan.’
      • ‘Its chief financial officer wants to be able to sell at the highest price - more money for old rope.’
      • ‘Any further sales they make is really money for jam, and the way they actually do it is they dump - it's called dumping and bundling.’
      • ‘If people think, ‘Nick's got 3,700 members all paying whatever - that's money for old rope,’ they're wrong.’
      • ‘It is money for old rope as far as lenders are concerned so, if you're not claiming at the moment, cancel your policy today!’
      • ‘He was giving out money for jam and I was not going to be stupid and not take it.’
      • ‘She had taken up modelling part-time and it felt like money for old rope compared to throwing pots of paint at walls and sweating over how it dripped down.’
      a cinch, child's play, a gift, a walkover
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  • (the love of) money is the root of all evil

    • proverb Avarice gives rise to selfish or wicked actions.

      • ‘If money is the root of all evil, I'd like to be bad.’
      • ‘Perhaps he should reflect on Timothy's words, ‘For the love of money is the root of all evil.’’
      • ‘You know for someone who teaches that money is the root of all evil, you guys do have a lot of it.’
      • ‘Now he's talking about the old adage that money is the root of all evil.’
      • ‘Many people say that money is the root of all evil.’
      • ‘The Bible says the love of money is the root of all evil.’
      • ‘It is stories like this that give the readers a false impression that money is the root of all evil.’
      • ‘They're also taught at the same time, money is the root of all evil.’
  • money talks

    • proverb Wealth gives power and influence to those who possess it.

      • ‘These days, it seems the nouveau riche think that because money talks, they have no need to learn simple things like table manners or even common courtesy.’
      • ‘I think that money talks in the justice system to a shameful degree.’
      • ‘Petitions and letters are nice, but money talks.’
      • ‘As you know, money talks in politics and lots of cash can certainly help candidates.’
      • ‘Meritocracy was not totally absent in this story - if anything, it shows that money talks, but it doesn't necessarily call the shots.’
      • ‘I twisted Billy's statement to demonstrate that money talks, and therefore gives its bearer power that others lack.’
      • ‘The state of the union is that money talks and public policy is sold to the highest bidder.’
      • ‘In the world of rock and pop, as everywhere else, money talks.’
      • ‘I know money talks but at the end of the day it is always going to be the player's choice as to where he plays his rugby.’
      • ‘I do empathise with the thousands of genuine Manchester United football fans who feel betrayed but the truth of the matter is that money talks.’
  • one's money's worth

    • Good value for one's money.

      ‘I've had my money's worth out of it’
      • ‘The graphics are better, and the gameplay is much improved with a solid Franchise mode, so you'll definitely get your money's worth with this one.’
      • ‘To get your money's worth, be sure to buy the special edition with bonus DVD featuring seven favorite tracks.’
      • ‘Solid transfers and a very enthralling cinematic experience create the value that gives consumers their money's worth here.’
      • ‘That's only four round-trips needed to get your money's worth, at $2 each way.’
      • ‘They will give you your money's worth, and more.’
      • ‘It shows in the effort of the players, who always provide rousing matches that give the fans more than their money's worth.’
      • ‘He might not get you off but he'll give you your money's worth - and despite his reputation he won't charge any more than your average lawyer.’
      • ‘For seafood lovers, here is a place where you can get your money's worth.’
      • ‘Prices are high, but you feel like you're getting your money's worth.’
      • ‘You're here to get your money's worth, because that's what the all-you-can-eat outing is really about.’
  • on the money

    • Accurate; correct.

      ‘every criticism she made was right on the money’
      • ‘My next guess was on the money, although I wasn't too sure about that for quite a while.’
      • ‘Quartermain has made a gusty call and now we shall wait to see who's on the money.’
      • ‘His piece on the merger was so on the money as to be prophetic.’
      • ‘Munroe is right on the money, not only on grants to the arts, but also on entire grant programs.’
      • ‘This week, for once, such a hopeful description of a largely moribund event could prove to be right on the money.’
      • ‘Everyone said that of Falkirk too and, everyone wasn't really on the money with that prediction either.’
      • ‘The scary thought is that I suspect that Jared may be right on the money.’
      • ‘Initial concerns of a significant cash shortfall are no longer on the money, according to McCormack.’
      • ‘Marx was absolutely on the money about the revolutionary potential of the urban working class.’
      • ‘Some of his material is right on the money, but he talks about other ethnic groups with a vehemence that I can't handle.’
      precise, accurate, correct, faithful, close, true, veracious, literal, strict, unerring, faultless, errorless, error-free, perfect, impeccable
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  • put money (or put one's money) on

    • 1Place a bet on.

      ‘he nipped out to put money on a horse in the 3.30’
      • ‘It was a big weekend for the Daughertys, who had put their money on winner Giacomo.’
      • ‘We suggested the following horses to put their money on.’
      • ‘You put your money on Bricks And Mortar, running in the 25-year hurdle.’
      • ‘For those not prepared to bet on a white Christmas, there is the chance this year to put money on a record-high Christmas Day temperature.’
      • ‘It's like when a gambler puts money on 17 red at a roulette wheel and the casino knows for sure that that number won't hit this time around.’
      • ‘You can gamble your mortgage away on putting money on a horse or, you know, take a bet on the election.’
      • ‘Local bookmakers have a completely unknown from Glenmagoo as odds on favourite, but the wise man says put your money on the Woodbine Tanner.’
      • ‘Even if you aren't the betting type, Croupier is a gamble worth putting your money on.’
      • ‘If the thrice-heir was a betting man, he would have put his money on the last speculation.’
      • ‘I said,‘I think some low-life gambler didn't put his money on him, and he is leading.’’
      bet, gamble, lay a wager, lay a bet, make a bet, place a bet, lay odds, put money on
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      1. 1.1Used to express one's confidence in the truth or success of something.
        ‘she won't have him back—I'd put money on it’
        • ‘Have you put your money on Ian Thorpe being given the honour of carrying the Australian flag at the Athens Games opening ceremony on Friday night?’
        • ‘‘I'm going to put my money on May 1, 2003 for a referendum,’ the euro expert and former government adviser on Europe said.’
        • ‘The company is now warning consumers to wait until they can be sure they are putting their money on the winning format.’
        • ‘Only time will tell if I rub off on him at all with my Pollyanna ways, but I'm putting my money on good over bad!’
        • ‘As far as Indian advertisers are concerned, they're putting their money on cricket rather than the Olympics.’
        • ‘As for the hormones, I'll put my money on three million years of human evolution over 50 years of questionable pharmaceutical research.’
        • ‘‘There are a couple of kids that will be there that I'd put my money on will be in the Olympics someday,’ she said.’
        • ‘It seems that most business owners who have appeared on the box would be happy to put their money on the old adage - all publicity is good publicity.’
        • ‘I guess I'm putting my money on xenotransplantation but I'd have to say that the other option is stem cells.’
        • ‘My advice would be put your money on Moloney to be driving up to Leinster House for another few years.’
  • put one's money where one's mouth is

    • informal Take action to support one's statements or opinions.

      • ‘That's what I call putting your money where your mouth is.’
      • ‘He called on the director to put his money where his mouth is and support young actors.’
      • ‘You have to take these issues seriously and that means putting your money where your mouth is.’
      • ‘Thank you so much for putting your money where your mouth is and supporting us, even while we're in beta.’
      • ‘I urge people to support him, since I'm about to put my money where my mouth is and pop him $5.’
      • ‘Richard is putting his money where his mouth is by signing up as the first mentor, and he hopes to line up at least 20 more people countywide over the coming months.’
      • ‘I also invested in the business, because I believe in putting my money where my mouth is.’
      • ‘Our 60m landing charge discount plan, which will probably be worth substantially more through time, shows we are putting our money where our mouth is.’
      • ‘I respect him for putting his money where his mouth is, but now he's dealing with the consequences.’
      • ‘‘I think we're really putting our money where our mouth is on this one,’ he said.’
  • see the colour of someone's money

    • Receive some proof that someone has enough money to pay for something.

      • ‘‘It's time to eat, but we'll see the color of your money first,’ she said.’
      • ‘The government's recent plan for over $11 billion of highway work will be welcome ‘when I see the color of their money,‘says Mason.’
      • ‘I'd like to see the colour of your money, stranger.’
      • ‘We just need to see the colour of their money, one man said.’
      • ‘He added that transport costs would have to be ironed out first and the farmer's association had yet to see the colour of the company's money in this regard.’
      • ‘The owner, who has run the restaurant for three years, has yet to see the colour of his money - even though she knows it is just an oversight.’
      • ‘There's very little we can do until we see the colour of their money.’
      • ‘I think we would need to see the colour of your money before we could even launch into this.’
  • throw one's money about/around

    • Spend one's money extravagantly or carelessly.

      ‘she's been throwing her money about as if there were no tomorrow’
      • ‘He likes to go to night clubs, get drunk, throw his money about and bring people back to his hotel.’
      • ‘They live high and throw their money around rather than investing profits to build up their capacity to survive the next drought.’
      • ‘These developers might think they can just come here and throw their money around and walk all over us.’
      • ‘He inveigled himself into her life, throwing his money around and trying to manage the family's affairs while her husband stoically accepted it.’
      • ‘She had a reputation for being prodigal: ‘I was generous with people, threw my money around.’’
      • ‘But I can tell you this: they are not throwing their money around on scroungers.’
      • ‘It is easy to sneer, of course, at rich people throwing their money about.’
      • ‘Wining, dining, taxis to Dublin - yet the good Lord appears remarkably unperturbed about how he throws your money around.’
      • ‘They said something about me throwing my money around, proving that I really didn't live there, that I just felt sorry for the people that do.’
      • ‘The dashing hero breezes into their world and makes himself the centre of attention by throwing his money around.’
  • throw money at

    • Try to solve (a problem) by recklessly spending money on it, without due consideration of what is required.

      ‘the administration threw money at the disaffected areas of the inner cities’
      • ‘I wasn't surprised to find that he had funded the publishing of it himself - because no publishing company in their right mind would want to throw money at it.’
      • ‘However, money is not the driving force for Gen-Xers and companies that try to coerce them by throwing money at them will not see results.’
      • ‘This is because most school systems, when faced with problems, throw money at them.’
      • ‘The problem is too complicated to be reduced to a simple lack of cash, and as a consequence cannot be solved by simply throwing money at it.’
      • ‘Why throw money at something that isn't working?’
      • ‘He has gambled that problems would be solved by throwing money at them, but failed to show the political courage required to tackle chronic problems.’
      • ‘It's bad policy because it throws money at problems without actually solving them.’
      • ‘In indigenous affairs, there is a growing acceptance that Aboriginal disadvantage cannot be alleviated by throwing money at it.’
      • ‘Commendable as it might be, it doesn't take much effort to give cash, then walk away from the problem you are trying to solve by throwing money at it.’
      • ‘You don't repair the ravages of time just by throwing money at them.’


Middle English: from Old French moneie, from Latin moneta ‘mint, money’, originally a title of the goddess Juno, in whose temple in Rome money was minted.