Definition of money in English:



  • 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 store’
    • ‘By the end of next year, they will have saved enough rent money for a deposit on a second house.’
    • ‘In essence such a program involves the central bank injecting more money into the economy.’
    • ‘This allows you to deposit a sum of money for a fixed period of time at an agreed level of interest.’
    • ‘You have borrowed some money and splashed out on anything from home improvements to a holiday.’
    • ‘If I had the money, I'd buy her a van to let her get around and do the things she likes to do.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This hasn't been a good year to be earning money in dollars and reporting profits in sterling.’
    • ‘Many money people are wasting money that they could be using to save for their retirement.’
    • ‘Use a debit card such as Laser which allows you to draw from money in your current account.’
    • ‘They are forced to take in three roomers who pay money in exchange for room and board.’
    • ‘It is so much easier to use a foreign cash point to get money in the local currency as and when you need it.’
    • ‘Councillors feel it would not be an appropriate use of council tax payers' money.’
    • ‘It is a sample taken from one state agency to remind taxpayers how their money is spent.’
    • ‘He said the money from the land tax will be used for land reform, a contentious issue in the country.’
    • ‘You may need to be careful you don't lose money if there is a transfer between currencies.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The shoemaker in turn can exchange the money for goods and services he requires.’
    • ‘Well why not donate the money you were going to spend on those shoes to a charity.’
    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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A blend of user fees, grants and existing moneys should be used to fund this development.’
      • ‘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’
      • ‘All those who have been attracted to the Army are doing it for money, sort of mercenaries.’
      • ‘It's not that he is short of money but for Norman, competitive golf is what it's all about.’
      • ‘Of course, the author is not short of money, so her house is unlikely to resemble the village cowp.’
      • ‘For that sort of money, he is considering dressing up like a girl and auctioning ourselves as a date.’
      • ‘Well yes obviously this sort of romance needs money, and if you just happen to be courting Paris Hilton, then hey.’
      • ‘For Teare, Craig Robertson said he was not a sophisticated criminal who stole because he was short of money.’
      • ‘That sort of money goes a long way in Tonga, and will allow the strikers to outlast the government.’
      • ‘Gardaí suspect the sisters do not have any money or wealth, apart from their homes.’
      • ‘Applied efficiently and correctly, that sort of money could work miracles.’
      • ‘When new National Lottery funding was turned down, money ran short and the coach house project had to be shelved.’
      • ‘As long as we keep pouring our own time and money and resources into it, it will keep on keeping on in this direction.’
      • ‘He added that any surplus cash is reclaimed by Westminster and given to other organisations that are short of money.’
      • ‘When I protested that I was really short of money, he told me not to worry.’
      • ‘In any event, he apparently did not bring any money or assets to this relationship.’
      • ‘You need neither money nor resources; you simply need time and space to practise.’
      • ‘All of that costs a lot of money and to date the government hasn't been prepared to put that sort of money in.’
      • ‘He's a hypocrite who sends his child to private school, but opposes choice for parents without his sort of money.’
      • ‘They might balk at that sort of money and refuse to pick up the tab, which was a scary thought.’
      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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We have a responsibility to our shareholders that we have to make money out of what they have put in.’
      • ‘The vast black market in second-hand mobile phones has made the thefts an easy way to make money.’
      • ‘It was a way for her to make money while going to acting auditions.’
      • ‘The closest they've come to an answer is that they don't believe that they could make money on it.’
      • ‘York would have more nightclubs if someone could make money out of them.’
      • ‘We needed to make changes, not necessarily to make money off the student groups but to break even.’
      • ‘Casinos are a great way to make money, so long as you're not a punter.’
      • ‘It is the only supermarket in the world to make money on its online business and its international expansion is also on track.’
      • ‘Contrary to popular belief, police do not make money out of issuing speeding tickets.’
      • ‘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 challenge of how to make money out of downloadable music is clearly too taxing for them.’
      • ‘But everyone agrees that there will be changes in the way we do business and make money.’
      • ‘All major media outlets are owned by corporations that use them to make money.’
      • ‘They say they want to help you but really they want to make money from you.’
      • ‘If you want to make money you need to be the songwriter and publish.’
      • ‘I'm asking if you think it's right that one company should be able to make money out of it?’
      • ‘Sure make money, but empower and provide opportunities to local populations as well.’
      • ‘I hear them say that there is no way they could make money by doing business this way.’
      • ‘The truth was distorted in order to make a story and to make money.’
    4. 1.4 Payment for work; wages.
      ‘she accepted the job at the public school since the money was better’
      • ‘If his or her next story was any good, the author had the option to go where the money is.’
      • ‘I pay tax on my money, my taxed income is paid to the nanny and then I pay tax for the nanny on top.’
      • ‘Up to 170,000 homeworkers could get more money under new minimum wage regulations.’
      pay, salary, wages, remuneration, fee, stipend
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    5. 1.5 A wealthy person or group.
      ‘her aunt had married money’


  • be in the money

    • informal Have or win a lot of money.

      • ‘York anglers were in the money at both of the York region's premier match carp waters.’
      • ‘Well, don't you worry, Stevie, we'll be in the money soon.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘If the stock climbs above that strike price, the worker is in the money.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Ken said he was in the money and decided to change the carpet and sofa.’
      • ‘This is one of the simplest and fastest ways to check whether one is in the money or not;’
      • ‘The York owner was in the money today after watching his horse triumph in the first race on Knavesmire yesterday.’
      rich, wealthy, affluent, well-to-do, well off, prosperous, moneyed, in clover, opulent
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  • for my money

    • In my opinion or judgment.

      ‘for my money, they're one of the best bands around’
      • ‘Now, for my money, Scott's pretty clearly about as guilty as sin.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘‘There could have been more running and jumping for my money,’ he says, laughing.’
      • ‘It's always difficult to resist the pull of a better-known attraction, but for my money, there's no competition.’
      • ‘He is the complete back row forward and for my money, is the best forward in the world game.’
      • ‘But for my money, this short sojourn confirmed for me once again that cruising boaters are a most interesting lot.’
      • ‘His famous novel begins with a couple of paragraphs which, for my money, constitute the most mesmerising start of any novel ever written.’
      • ‘‘For my money, he is one of the best centre-halves in England,’ said Melrose.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Still, for my money, the champions are a decent bet to prevail.’
      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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  • (the love of) money is the root of all evil

    • proverb Greed gives rise to selfish or wicked actions.

      • ‘Perhaps he should reflect on Timothy's words, ‘For the love of money is the root of all evil.’’
      • ‘If money is the root of all evil, I'd like to be bad.’
      • ‘They're also taught at the same time, 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.’
      • ‘Now he's talking about the old adage that money is the root of all evil.’
      • ‘The Bible says 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.’
      • ‘Many people say that money is the root of all evil.’
  • money talks

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

      • ‘Petitions and letters are nice, but money talks.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I twisted Billy's statement to demonstrate that money talks, and therefore gives its bearer power that others lack.’
      • ‘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 do empathise with the thousands of genuine Manchester United football fans who feel betrayed but the truth of the matter is that money talks.’
      • ‘In the world of rock and pop, as everywhere else, money talks.’
      • ‘The state of the union is that money talks and public policy is sold to the highest bidder.’
      • ‘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.’
  • one's money's worth

    • Good value for one's money.

      • ‘That's only four round-trips needed to get your money's worth, at $2 each way.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Prices are high, but you feel like you're getting your money's worth.’
      • ‘It shows in the effort of the players, who always provide rousing matches that give the fans more than their money's worth.’
      • ‘For seafood lovers, here is a place where you can get your money's worth.’
      • ‘To get your money's worth, be sure to buy the special edition with bonus DVD featuring seven favorite tracks.’
      • ‘They will give you your money's worth, and more.’
      • ‘You're here to get your money's worth, because that's what the all-you-can-eat outing is really about.’
      • ‘Solid transfers and a very enthralling cinematic experience create the value that gives consumers their money's worth here.’
  • on the money

    • Accurate; correct.

      ‘every criticism she made was right on the money’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Some of his material is right on the money, but he talks about other ethnic groups with a vehemence that I can't handle.’
      • ‘My next guess was on the money, although I wasn't too sure about that for quite a while.’
      • ‘His piece on the merger was so on the money as to be prophetic.’
      • ‘Marx was absolutely on the money about the revolutionary potential of the urban working class.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Munroe is right on the money, not only on grants to the arts, but also on entire grant programs.’
      • ‘Quartermain has made a gusty call and now we shall wait to see who's on the money.’
      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.

      • ‘Even if you aren't the betting type, Croupier is a gamble worth putting your money on.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Local bookmakers have a completely unknown from Glenmagoo as odds on favourite, but the wise man says put your money on the Woodbine Tanner.’
      • ‘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.’’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It was a big weekend for the Daughertys, who had put their money on winner Giacomo.’
      • ‘You put your money on Bricks And Mortar, running in the 25-year hurdle.’
      • ‘We suggested the following horses to put their money on.’
      bet, gamble, lay a wager, lay a bet, make a bet, place a bet, lay odds, put money on
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    • 2Used to express one's confidence in the truth or success of something.

      ‘she won't have him back—I'd put money on it’
      • ‘‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The company is now warning consumers to wait until they can be sure they are putting their money on the winning format.’
      • ‘As for the hormones, I'll put my money on three million years of human evolution over 50 years of questionable pharmaceutical research.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘As far as Indian advertisers are concerned, they're putting their money on cricket rather than the Olympics.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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!’
  • put one's money where one's mouth is

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

      • ‘Thank you so much for putting your money where your mouth is and supporting us, even while we're in beta.’
      • ‘I respect him for putting his money where his mouth is, but now he's dealing with the consequences.’
      • ‘That's what I call putting your money where your mouth is.’
      • ‘‘I think we're really putting our money where our mouth is on this one,’ he said.’
      • ‘I also invested in the business, because I believe in putting my money where my mouth is.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘You have to take these issues seriously and that means putting your money where your mouth is.’
      • ‘He called on the director to put his money where his mouth is and support young actors.’
      • ‘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 urge people to support him, since I'm about to put my money where my mouth is and pop him $5.’
  • see the color of someone's money

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

      • ‘I'd like to see the colour of your money, stranger.’
      • ‘‘It's time to eat, but we'll see the color of your money first,’ she said.’
      • ‘There's very little we can do until we see the colour of their money.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We just need to see the colour of their money, one man 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I think we would need to see the colour of your money before we could even launch into this.’
  • throw money at something

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

      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This is because most school systems, when faced with problems, throw money at them.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In indigenous affairs, there is a growing acceptance that Aboriginal disadvantage cannot be alleviated by throwing money at it.’
      • ‘You don't repair the ravages of time just by throwing money at them.’
      • ‘It's bad policy because it throws money at problems without actually solving them.’
      • ‘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.’
  • be money in the bank

    • Be a guaranteed success, especially in the sports or entertainment industry.

      ‘Roy was money in the bank come playoff time’
      ‘The film that should prove to be money in the bank’
      • ‘Regardless of the weather conditions or situation, Vinatieri is money in the bank.’
      • ‘This is money in the bank for the defense contractors that rely on the Pentagon gravy train.’
      • ‘Let me tell you, it works like a charm and as far as I'm concerned, it's money in the bank.’
      • ‘Is it money in the bank or a brick?’
      • ‘But if there was ever an athlete who was " money in the bank ", it's the Prince of St. Louis.’
      • ‘It's gold, it's money in the bank - it almost seems planned.’
      • ‘All told, Craig seems like a good bet; money in the bank.’
      • ‘Money in the bank he said, rubbing the hands together.’
      • ‘"From a professional perspective, it looks to me like money in the bank," he says.’
      • ‘Either way, for the snakehead it's money in the bank.’
  • throw one's money around

    • Spend one's money extravagantly or carelessly.

      • ‘It is easy to sneer, of course, at rich people throwing their money about.’
      • ‘They live high and throw their money around rather than investing profits to build up their capacity to survive the next drought.’
      • ‘She had a reputation for being prodigal: ‘I was generous with people, threw my money around.’’
      • ‘These developers might think they can just come here and throw their money around and walk all over us.’
      • ‘Wining, dining, taxis to Dublin - yet the good Lord appears remarkably unperturbed about how he throws your money around.’
      • ‘He likes to go to night clubs, get drunk, throw his money about and bring people back to his hotel.’
      • ‘The dashing hero breezes into their world and makes himself the centre of attention by throwing his 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.’
      • ‘But I can tell you this: they are not throwing their money around on scroungers.’
      • ‘He inveigled himself into her life, throwing his money around and trying to manage the family's affairs while her husband stoically accepted it.’


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.