Meaning of MONEY in English


mon ‧ ey S1 W1 /ˈmʌni/ BrE AmE noun [uncountable]

[ Date: 1200-1300 ; Language: Old French ; Origin: moneie , from Latin moneta 'mint, money' , from Moneta , name given to Juno, the goddess in whose temple the ancient Romans produced money ]

1 . what you earn by working and can use to buy things. Money can be in the form of notes and coins or cheques, and can be kept in a bank:

Don’t spend all your money on the first day of your holiday!

The repairs will cost quite a lot of money.

2 . money in the form of coins or notes that you can carry around with you SYN cash :

You’ll find some money in my purse.

I didn’t have any money on me (=I was not carrying any money) .

Swiss/Japanese/Turkish etc money

Don’t forget to get some Swiss money before you leave.

We can change some money at the airport (=change it into the money of another country) .

3 . someone’s wealth, including all the property and other things they own:

The family made their money in the woollen trade.

He had lost all his money gambling.

4 . the money informal the amount of money that you earn for doing a job:

It sounds quite an interesting job, but I don’t know what the money’s like yet.

You have to work long hours and the money’s terrible!

5 . pay good money for something spoken to spend a lot of money on something:

Don’t let the children jump around on the sofa. I paid good money for that.

6 . put/pump/pour money into something to give money to a company or business so that it will become successful and you will earn money from it in the future:

No one’s going to put money into the company while the market is so unstable.

7 . there’s money (to be made) in something spoken used to say that you can earn a lot of money from doing a particular job or type of business:

There’s a lot of money in sport these days.

Teaching can be very rewarding, but there’s no money in it.

8 . I’m not made of money spoken used to say that you cannot afford something when someone asks you to pay for it.

9 . have money to burn to have more money than you need, so that you spend it on unnecessary things:

Unless you’ve got money to burn, these expensive guitars are probably not for you.

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 suddenly, or when you did not expect to

12 . money is no object informal used to say that someone can spend as much money as they want to on something

13 . for my money spoken used when giving your opinion about something to emphasize that you believe it strongly:

For my money, he’s one of the best TV comedians ever.

14 . put (your) money on something to risk money on the result of a race or competition

15 . I’d put (my) money on something spoken used to say that you feel sure that something will happen

16 . my money’s on somebody/something ( also the smart money’s on somebody/something ) spoken used to say that you feel sure someone will win a race or competition, or that something will happen

17 . money for old rope British English spoken money that you earn very easily by doing a job that is not difficult

18 . put your money where your mouth is informal to show by your actions that you really believe what you say

19 . money talks spoken used to say that people with money have power and can get what they want

20 . be (right) on the money American English spoken to be completely correct or right:

You were right on the money when you said that he would have to resign.

21 . marry (into) money to marry someone whose family is rich

⇨ ↑ monies , ↑ blood money , ↑ hush money , ⇨ give somebody a (good) run for their money at ↑ run 2 (11), ⇨ have a (good) run for your money at ↑ run 2 (12), ⇨ throw money at something at ↑ throw 1 (19)

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■ verbs

▪ have money

I didn’t have enough money to pay for it.

▪ make/earn money

She makes a little money by babysitting.

▪ spend money (on something)

More money should be spent on training.

▪ cost money/cost a lot of money

Good food doesn’t have to cost a lot of money.

▪ save money (=use less money)

Companies fired workers to save money.

▪ make money (=make a profit)

The farm was beginning to make money at last.

▪ lose money (=not make a profit, so that you then have less money)

The movie didn’t attract audiences and lost money for the studio.

▪ pay money (for something)

Has he paid the money he owes you?

▪ lend somebody money

My dad lent me money to buy a car.

▪ borrow money

They arranged to borrow money from the bank to buy a house.

▪ owe somebody money

He owes me money.

▪ waste money (on something)

Don’t waste your money on a computer that doesn’t have enough memory.

▪ raise money (=do something to get money for a charity, school etc)

The Christmas fair raises money for the school.

▪ save up money

She had saved up enough money to buy a car.

▪ give somebody their money back ( also refund sb’s money ) (=give money back to a customer)

We regret that we are unable to refund money on tickets.

▪ money goes on something (=is spent on something)

All the money went on doctor’s bills.

▪ money comes in (=is earned and received)

Rob wasn’t working for a while, so we had less money coming in.

▪ money comes from something (=used to say how someone makes their money)

All of Dawson’s money came from drugs.


▪ good money (=a lot of money)

Preston earns good money as a lawyer.

▪ big money informal (=a very large amount of money)

Basketball players make big money.

▪ easy money (=money that you earn easily)

For many, selling drugs seems like easy money.

▪ spending money (=an amount of money that you can spend on anything you want)

We had £500 spending money saved for our holiday.

▪ pocket money/spending money British English (=a small amount of money that parents regularly give their children)

How much pocket money do you get?

▪ government/taxpayers'/public money

More taxpayer’s money should be spent on the railways.

■ phrases

▪ a sum of money ( also an amount of money )

£10,000 seemed a huge sum of money to me.

▪ be a waste of money

Fancy clothes for a baby are a waste of money.

▪ be value for money British English (=used when saying that something is worth the amount of money you pay for it)

The holiday was excellent value for money.


► Do not say ' gain money '. Say make money .

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▪ money what you use to buy things, in the form of notes or coins:

He spent all his money on computer equipment.

▪ cash money in the form of coins and notes:

I didn’t have any cash with me.

▪ currency the money used in a particular country:

The dollar gained in value against other currencies.


a single European currency

▪ change money in the form of coins of low value:

Do you have any small change?


a pocketful of loose change

▪ note British English , bill American English a piece of paper money:

a £20 note


a $5 bill

▪ coin a flat round piece of metal used as money:

She put some coins in the parking meter.


He took a coin out of his pocket.

▪ a ten-pence/50-cent etc piece a coin worth a particular amount

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.