Definition of money noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

      

    money

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    noun
    NAmE//ˈmʌni//
     
     
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  1. 1[uncountable] what you earn by working or selling things, and use to buy things to borrow/save/spend/earn money How much money is there in my account? The money is much better in my new job. If the item is not satisfactory, you will get your money back. We'll need to raise more money (= collect or borrow it) next year. Can you lend me some money until tomorrow? Be careful with that —it cost a lot of money.
  2. 2[uncountable] coins or paper notes I counted the money carefully. Where can I change my money into dollars? see also funny money, paper money, ready money
  3. 3[uncountable] a person's wealth including their property He lost all his money. The family made their money in the 18th century.
  4. 4moneys, monies [plural] (old use or law) sums of money a statement of all monies paid into your account You will find other compounds ending in money at their place in the alphabet.
  5. Thesaurusmoneycash change billsThese 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 credit card 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 credit card 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).bills paper money rather than coins:The machine only accepts small bills (= $20 or less).Patterns to get (out)/take out/withdraw money/cash ready money/cash (= money that you have available to spend immediately) small change/billsIdioms
    be in the money(informal)
     
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    to have a lot of money to spend
    be rolling in money/it(informal)
     
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    to have a lot of money
    the best that money can buy
     
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    the very best We make sure our clients get the best that money can buy.
    careful with money
     
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    not spending money on unimportant things His mother had always been careful with money.
    money that you get without having to work very hard for it
    a fool and his money are soon parted(saying)
     
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    a person who is not sensible usually spends money too quickly or carelessly, or is cheated by others
    for my money(informal)
     
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    in my opinion For my money, he's one of the greatest comedians of all time.
    get your money's worth
     
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    to get enough value or enjoyment out of something, considering the amount of money, time, etc. that you are spending on it Let's spend all day there and really get our money's worth.
    give somebody a (good) run for their money
     
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    to make someone try very hard, using all their skill and effort, in order to beat you in a game or competition
    a lot of money; money that you earn with hard work Thousands of people paid good money to watch the band perform. Don't waste good money on that!
    have money to burn
     
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    to have so much money that you do not have to be careful with it
    a license to print money(disapproving)
     
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    used to describe a business which makes a lot of money with little effort
    made of money(informal)
     
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    very rich I'm not made of money, you know!
    to earn a lot of money; to make a profit The movie should make money. There's money to be made from tourism.
    make/lose money hand over fist
     
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    to make/lose money very fast and in large quantities
    marry money
     
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    to marry a rich person
    money doesn't grow on trees(saying)
     
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    used to tell someone not to use something or spend money carelessly because you do not have a lot of it
    money is no object
     
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    money is not something that needs to be considered, because there is plenty of it available She travels around the world as if money is no object.
    money, price, etc. is no object
     
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    used to say that you are willing to spend a lot of money He always travels first class—money is no object.
    money talks(saying)
     
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    people who have a lot of money have more power and influence than others
    not for love or/nor money
     
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    if you say you cannot do something for love nor money, you mean it is completely impossible to do it We couldn't find a taxi for love nor money.
    on the money
     
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    correct; accurate His prediction was right on the money.
    put money into something
     
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    to invest money in a business or a particular project We would welcome interest from anyone prepared to put money into the club.
      put your money on somebody/something
       
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    1. 1to bet that a particular horse, dog, etc. will win a race
    2. 2to feel very sure that something is true or that someone will succeed He'll be there tonight. I'd put money on it.
    put your money where your mouth is(informal)
     
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    to support what you say by doing something practical; to show by your actions that you really mean something
    see the color of somebody's money(informal)
     
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    to make sure that someone has enough money to pay for something You need to see the color of his money before you sell him the car.
    throw good money after bad(disapproving)
     
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    to spend more money on something, when you have wasted a lot on it already
    throw your money around(informal)
     
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    to spend money in a careless and obvious way
    throw money at something(disapproving)
     
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    to try to deal with a problem or improve a situation by spending money on it, when it would be better to deal with it in other ways It is inappropriate simply to throw money at these problems.
    time is money(saying)
     
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    time is valuable, and should not be wasted
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: money