Definition of cash noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//kæʃ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kæʃ//
    [uncountable] Cost and payment
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  1. 1  money in the form of coins or notes/bills How much cash do you have on you? Payments can be made by card or in cash. Customers are offered a 10% discount if they pay cash. The thieves stole £500 in cash. CollocationsFinanceIncome earn money/​cash/(informal) a fortune make money/​a fortune/(informal) a killing on the stock market acquire/​inherit/​amass wealth/​a fortune build up funds/​savings get/​receive/​leave (somebody) an inheritance/​a legacy live on a low wage/​a fixed income/​a pension get/​receive/​draw/​collect a pension depend/​be dependent on (British English) benefits/(North American English) welfare/​social securityExpenditure spend money/​your savings/(informal) a fortune on… invest/​put your savings in… throw away/​waste/ (informal) shell out money on… lose your money/​inheritance/​pension use up/ (informal) wipe out all your savings pay (in) cash use/​pay by a credit/​debit card pay by/​make out a/​write somebody a/​accept a (British English) cheque/(US English) check change/​exchange money/​currency/(British English) traveller’s cheques/(US English) traveler’s checks give/​pay/​leave (somebody) a depositBanks have/​hold/​open/​close/​freeze a bank account/​an account credit/​debit/​pay something into/​take money out of your account deposit money/​funds in your account withdraw money/​cash/£30 from an ATM, etc. (formal) make a deposit/​withdrawal find/​go to/​use (especially North American English) an ATM/(British English) a cash machine/​dispenser be in credit/​in debit/​in the black/​in the red/​overdrawnPersonal finance manage/​handle/​plan/​run/ (especially British English) sort out your finances plan/​manage/​work out/​stick to a budget offer/​extend credit (to somebody) arrange/​take out a loan/​an overdraft pay back/​repay money/​a loan/​a debt pay for something in (especially British English) instalments/(usually North American English) installmentsFinancial difficulties get into debt/​financial difficulties be short of/ (informal) be strapped for cash run out of/​owe money face/​get/ (informal) be landed with a bill for £… can’t afford the cost of…/payments/​rent fall behind with/ (especially North American English) fall behind on the mortgage/​repayments/​rent incur/​run up/​accumulate debts tackle/​reduce/​settle your debts see also hard cash, petty cash Synonymsmoneycash changeThese are all words for money in the form of coins or paper notes.money money in the form of coins or paper notes:I counted the money carefully. Where can I change my money into dollars? paper money(= money that is made of paper, not coins)cash money in the form of coins or paper notes:How much cash do you have on you? Payments can be made by cheque or in cash.money or cash?If it is important to contrast money in the form of coins and notes and money in other forms, use cash:How much money/​cash do you have on you? Payments can be made by cheque or in money. Customers are offered a discount if they pay money.change the money that you get back when you have paid for something giving more money than the amount it costs; coins rather than paper money:The ticket machine doesn’t give change. I don’t have any small change(= coins of low value).Patterns to draw out/​get out/​take out/​withdraw money/​cash ready money/​cash (= money that you have available to spend immediately) See related entries: Cost and payment
  2. 2  (informal) money in any form The museum needs to find ways of raising cash. I'm short of cash right now. I'm constantly strapped for cash (= without enough money). Local schools have been starved of cash for a number of years.
  3. Word Origin late 16th cent. (denoting a box for money): from Old French casse or Italian cassa ‘box’, from Latin capsa, related to capere ‘to hold’.Extra examples He withdrew £100 from a cash machine. I paid the bill in cash. I refuse to spend my hard-earned cash on presents! I took £10 out of petty cash. Imagine having to pay some of my hard-earned cash on a parking fine! The bank should hold enough cash to satisfy customer demand. The company is having cash flow problems. The drugs are sold for hard cash. The thieves stole $200 in cash. They had a football match to raise cash for the hospital. We’ll have to pay cash for the tickets. You can pay by cheque or in cash. a chance to make some quick cash farmers who grow cash crops for export Customers are offered a 10% discount if they pay cash. Payments can be made by cheque or in cash. She refused to part with her hard-earned cash. The company is strapped for cash.Idioms
    cash down (British English) (also cash up front North American English, British English)
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    with immediate payment of cash to pay for something cash down
    (British English, informal) if you pay for goods and services cash in hand, you pay in cash, especially so that the person being paid can avoid paying tax on the amount a cash-in-hand payment of £20 See related entries: Describing jobs (abbreviation COD) a system of paying for goods when they are delivered
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