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



    BrE BrE//ˈmʌni//
    ; NAmE 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. Wordfindercredit, debt, deposit, interest, lend, loan, money, mortgage, overdraft, risk 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 Wordfinderafford, bank, bankrupt, capital, economy, expense, finance, invest, money, profit CulturemoneyThe US dollar is made up of 100 cents. The Department of the Treasury prints bills (= paper money) in various denominations (= values): $1, $2, $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100. US bills are all the same size, whatever their value, and measure about 2×6 inches/6.5×15.5 centimetres. All are green and are sometimes called greenbacks. On the front, each has a picture of a famous American. The dollar bill, for instance, shows George Washington, the first US president. An informal name for dollars is bucks, because in the early period of US history people traded the skins of bucks (= deer) and prices would sometimes be given as a number of buckskins. Buck refers to the dollar itself, and not to the bill. So although you can say 'He earns 500 bucks a week', you have to say ‘If I give you four quarters could you give me a dollar bill?’The Treasury also makes US coins: pennies which are worth .01 of a dollar, nickels (.05), dimes (.10) and quarters (.25). There are also half dollars (.50) and silver dollars but these are not often seen. Pennies have a dark brown colour; all the other coins have a silver appearance.When you write an amount in figures the dollar sign ($) goes to the left of the amount and a decimal point (.) is placed between the dollars and the cents. If the amount is less than one dollar, the cent sign (¢) is put after the numbers. So you write $5, $5.62 and 62¢.Britain's currency is the pound sterling, written as £ before a figure. A pound consists of 100 pence, written as p with figures. Pound coins are round and gold-coloured. They have the Queen's head on one side and one of four designs, English, Scottish, Welsh or Northern Irish, on the other. The £2 coin is silver-coloured with a gold edge. Coins of lower value are the silver-coloured 50p, 20p, 10p and 5p pieces, and the copper-coloured 2p and 1p pieces. All are round, except for the 50p and 20p pieces which have seven curved sides. Coins are made at the Royal Mint. Paper notes (not bills), which have the Queen's head on one side and a famous person on the other, are worth £5, £10, £20 or £50.A pound is informally called a quid, a £5 note is a fiver, a £10 note is a tenner. Scottish banknotes have their own designs. They can be used anywhere in Britain, though shops can legally refuse to accept them. To prevent people forging (= making their own) paper money, designs are complicated and difficult to copy. To check that a note is genuine, a shop assistant may hold it up to the light to see if it has a narrow silver thread running through it.The decimal system now in use in Britain replaced the old pounds, shilling and pence, or LSD system in 1971. Formerly there were 12 pence or pennies in a shilling, and 20 shillings in a pound. The old coins included the farthing (= a quarter of a penny) and the half-crown (= two shillings and sixpence). There were notes for 10 shillings, £1 and £5.Gold guinea coins were used in the 18th century and were worth 21 shillings. Until 1971 prices were often set in guineas instead of pounds for luxury items, such as antiques and jewellery, for the fees of doctors, lawyers, etc., and at auctions, though the guinea coin had long since gone out of circulation. Some racehorses are still auctioned in guineas.On 1 January 1999 the euro system was introduced in 11 countries of the European Union. Britain chose not to be part of this first group and no date was fixed for Britain to start using the euro. However, many British businesses have euro bank accounts so as to be able to pay for goods and be paid in euros and a few shops in Britain accept payment in euros.
  2. 2  [uncountable] coins or paper notes I counted the money carefully. Where can I change my money into dollars? 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 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. see also new money, old money
  4. 4moneys, monies [plural] (law or old use) sums of money a statement of all monies paid into your account
  5. You will find other compounds ending in money at their place in the alphabet.
    Word OriginMiddle 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.Extra examples All his money went on women. All their money was tied up in long-term investments. All these improvements will cost money. Did your parents give you pocket money when you were little? Government officials were siphoning off money for personal gain. Half the money raised was donated to charity. He contributed $180 000 in soft money= unregulated political donationsto the party committee. He felt sorry for her and took some money off her bill. He hoped the plan would bring in quite a bit of money. He made a fortune dealing on the money markets. He managed to persuade his friend to put up the money for the venture. He sank most of his money into his struggling business. He spent their rent money on beer. He squandered his money on gambling and drink. He started stealing as a way of making easy money. He stopped at the betting shop to put money on a horse. He thinks he can make friends by throwing his money around. He was charged with laundering money. He’ll do anything for money! He’s going to leave. I’d bet money on it. His prediction was right on the money. How much money did he earn last year? I don’t have any money left. I don’t know how much spending money to take on holiday. I don’t know where all the money goes! I don’t think they’ll accept French money on the plane. I need to pay this money in today. I pay my money into the bank as soon as I get paid. I spent all the money on clothes. I’ll have to get some more money from somewhere. I’ll pay the money back next week, I promise. Investors were pouring money into Internet start-ups. Is this a good way to spend taxpayers’ money? Money for the extension to the gallery came from the sale of old exhibits. Most of the money went to pay for food. Most of the money went to pay for the food and drink. She gave him $5 lunch money. She had two children to support and no money coming in. She lost a lot of money at the casino. She stashed the money away in the bank. Some of this money was funneled to secret CIA programs. Some people were in the street collecting money for charity. That painting is worth a lot of money. The Senate recognized the need to put more money in the pockets of dairy farmers. The boat trip lasts three hours, so you certainly get your money’s worth. The bookmaker was quite happy to take his money. The collection box was full of coins and paper money. The company paid hush money to the victims to keep them quiet. The friends pooled their money to buy tickets. The hotel gives value for money. The manager was unwilling to refund my money. The money was transferred into an offshore bank account. The new airport terminal was built with oil money. The quality of public health care depends on the amount of money allocated to it. The smart money is on Brazil to win. The solution to inflation lies in the control of the money supply. The stallholders bank their money at the end of the day. The stores were very happy to take his money. There is big money in golf for the top players. These cars cost a lot of money. They demanded $1 million in ransom money. They owe lots of people money. They sensibly invested their prize money rather than spending it. They tend to throw money at problems without trying to work out the best solution. This money has been earmarked for public projects. We changed our money into dollars at the airport. We ran out of money and had to come home early. We’re trying to set some money aside for a new car. Whenever I have a little extra money, I buy clothes. Where’s the money for the milk? You could consider hiring a professional money manager. You might get some money off the price if it’s an old model. an old miser who hoarded his money the best car that money can buy the large sums of money we handle in this store He hoped the project would make money. He lost all his money in the 1929 stock market crash. He returned the new TV to the store and got his money back. It has often been said that money is the root of all evil. The money is great in my new job.Idioms
    be coining it (in), be coining money
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    (British English, informal) to earn a lot of money quickly or easily synonym rake in
    (informal) to have a lot of money to spend (informal) 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.
    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
    expense, money, 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—expense is no object.
    a fool and his money are soon parted
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    (saying) a person who is not sensible usually spends money too quickly or carelessly, or is cheated by others
    (informal) 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 somebody 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! to have so much money that you do not have to be careful with it
    in old money (especially British English, informal)
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    used to give an amount, a measurement, etc. using older or more traditional units that may be more familiar to some people The fish weighed half a kilo (that's a pound in old money).
    it/money doesn’t grow on trees
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    (saying) used to tell somebody not to use something or spend money carelessly because you do not have a lot of it
    a licence to print money
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    (disapproving) used to describe a business which makes a lot of money with little effort
    (informal) 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
    to marry a rich person (British English, informal) money that is earned very easily, for something that needs little effort The job only took about an hour—it was money for old rope. 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. (saying) 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.
    correct; accurate His prediction was right on the money.
    pay good money for something
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    used to emphasize that something cost(s) a lot of money, especially if the money is wasted I paid good money for this jacket, and now look at it—it's ruined!
    (British English, informal) a very large amount of 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 See related entries: Equine sports
    2. 2to feel very sure that something is true or that somebody will succeed He'll be there tonight. I'd put money on it.
    put your money where your mouth is
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    (informal) to support what you say by doing something practical; to show by your actions that you really mean something
    see the colour of somebody’s money
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    (informal) to make sure that somebody has enough money to pay for something You need to see the colour of his money before you sell him the car.
    throw good money after bad
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    (disapproving) to spend more money on something, when you have wasted a lot on it already
    throw your money about/around
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    (informal) to spend money in a careless and obvious way
    throw money at something
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    (disapproving) 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.
    (saying) time is valuable, and should not be wasted
    you pays your money and you takes your choice
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    (informal, especially British English) used for saying that there is very little difference between two or more things that you can choose
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: money