noun (U)
1 what you earn by working and what you spend in order to buy things: The repairs will cost a lot of money. | earn money: She barely earns enough money to live on. | save money: We're not going on holiday this year - we're trying to save money. | get/be given your money back: If it doesn't fit, just take it back to the shop and they'll give you your money back. | spend money: I spent so much money at the weekend I can't afford to come. | borrow money: Maybe you could borrow some money from the bank to pay for your course. | make money (=earn money or make a profit): John's making a lot of money from his computer games. | His business has finally started making money. | charge money: I said I didn't want it if they were gong to charge me a lot of money for it. | good money (=good wages for your work): She's making about $40,000, a year, which is pretty good money. | raise money (=collect money for a purpose): We're trying to raise money for the victims of the earthquake. | birthday money/redundancy money etc (=money you receive on a particular occasion or in a particular situation): They're using part of his redundancy money to go on a cruise. | put money into (=lend money or allow a business to use your money, especially in order to make a profit): George has decided to put some of his money into the business. | put money on a race/horse etc (=risk money on the result of a race etc)
2 money in the form of coins or notes; cash 1 (1): My bag came open, and all my money fell on the floor. | have money on you (=carry money with you): Do you have enough money on you to pay for the meal?
3 French/Japanese/Turkish money the money that is used in a particular country; currency: Don't forget to get some French money before you leave.
4 all the money that a person, organization, or country owns: The business collapsed and we lost all our money. | She's only marrying him for his money. | make your money (=earn all your money): I think he made his money in property speculation.
5 pay good money for spoken to spend a lot of money on something: I paid good money for that sofa, so it should last.
6 there's money (to be made) in spoken used to say that you can get a lot of money from a particular activity or from buying and selling something: Apparently there's a lot of money in ostrich farming.
7 be rolling in money/be rolling in it informal to be very rich: They're always going on vacation - they must be rolling in money!
8 I'm not made of money spoken used to say that you do not have a lot of money when someone asks you for some
9 he/she must have money to burn used when you think someone is wasting their money on unnecessary things
10 get your money's worth to get something worth the price that you paid: At that price you want to make sure you get your money's worth.
11 be in the money informal to have a lot of money, especially suddenly or when you did not expect to
12 money is no object informal used to say that you can spend as much money as you want to on something: Choose whatever you like, money is no object.
13 for my money spoken used when giving your opinion about something to emphasize that you believe it strongly: For my money, Torville and Dean were by far the best skaters.
14 I'd put money on it spoken used to emphasize that you are completely sure about something: "Do you really think that she'll get the gold medal?" "I'd put money on it."
15 my money's on spoken used to say that you think someone will probably win, or a situation will probably have a particular result: My money's on a draw - I don't think either team can win now.
16 money for old rope/money for jam BrE spoken money that you earn very easily
17 put your money where your mouth is informal,, often humorous to show by your actions that you really believe what you say
18 money doesn't grow on trees spoken used to tell someone that they should not waste money
19 money talks spoken used to say that money is powerful, and people who have money can get what they want
20 be (right) on the money AmE spoken used when something is perfect or exactly right for the situation: Her solution was right on the money - the clients loved it.
21 marry (into) money to marry someone whose family is rich
—see also: blood money, hush money, pocket money, have a (good) run for your money run 2 (11), throw money at throw 1 (20) USAGE NOTE: MONEY WORD CHOICE: money, cash, change, funds Money is the most general word: Where can I change money? | How much money do you have? | taxpayers' money Cash usually means money in coins or notes rather than cheques or credit cards: “May I pay by Visa?” “I'm sorry, we only take cash." But it can also mean money in any form that is available to be spent: We're going to Australia next year if we have the cash. Change is used for the amount of money that is given back to you when you have given more for something than the amount it costs: three dollars fifty change. Change can also mean money in low-value coins or notes: Can you give me change for a ten pound note? | I keep all my small change for the coffee machine. Money collected for a particular purpose may be called funds: I need more funds if I'm to study abroad. | We're short of funds at the moment.

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.


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