Definition of money in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmənē/


1A current medium of exchange in the form of coins and banknotes; coins and banknotes collectively: I counted the money before putting it in my wallet he borrowed money to modernize the store
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  • We can borrow money from the European pool of savings at no incremental cost to ourselves.
  • Use a debit card such as Laser which allows you to draw from money in your current account.
  • Councillors feel it would not be an appropriate use of council tax payers' money.
cash, hard cash, ready money;
the means, the wherewithal, funds, capital, finances, (filthy) lucre;
coins, change, specie, silver, currency, bills, (bank) notes
informal dough, bread, bucks, loot, greenbacks, moola, dinero, shekels, mazuma
archaic pelf
1.1 (moneys or monies) formal Sums of money: a statement of all moneys paid into and out of the account
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  • I am not for turning all Social Security moneys over to the private sector.
  • A blend of user fees, grants and existing moneys should be used to fund this development.
  • They could be moved back with the assistance of a fund comprised of moneys deducted from U.S. loan guarantees.
1.2The assets, property, and resources owned by someone or something; wealth: the college is very short of money
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  • Gardaí suspect the sisters do not have any money or wealth, apart from their homes.
  • In any event, he apparently did not bring any money or assets to this relationship.
  • You need neither money nor resources; you simply need time and space to practise.
wealth, riches, fortune, affluence, assets, liquid assets, resources, means
1.3Financial gain: the main aim of a commercial organization is to make money
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  • York would have more nightclubs if someone could make money out of them.
  • We have a responsibility to our shareholders that we have to make money out of what they have put in.
  • I'm asking if you think it's right that one company should be able to make money out of it?
1.4Payment for work; wages: she accepted the job at the public school since the money was better
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  • Up to 170,000 homeworkers could get more money under new minimum wage regulations.
  • I pay tax on my money, my taxed income is paid to the nanny and then I pay tax for the nanny on top.
  • If his or her next story was any good, the author had the option to go where the money is.
pay, salary, wages, remuneration
formal emolument
1.5A wealthy person or group: her aunt had married money



be in the money

informal Have or win a lot of money.
Example sentences
  • York anglers were in the money at both of the York region's premier match carp waters.
  • The York owner was in the money today after watching his horse triumph in the first race on Knavesmire yesterday.
  • Ken said he was in the money and decided to change the carpet and sofa.

be money in the bank

Be a guaranteed success, especially in the sports or entertainment industry: Roy was money in the bank come playoff time The film that should prove to be money in the bank
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  • All told, Craig seems like a good bet; money in the bank.
  • Regardless of the weather conditions or situation, Vinatieri is money in the bank.
  • Money in the bank he said, rubbing the hands together.

for my money

In my opinion or judgment: for my money, they’re one of the best bands around
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  • Now, for my money, Scott's pretty clearly about as guilty as sin.
  • The best thing about the site, for my money, is that I've managed to avoid having any photographic likeness of myself included anywhere on it.
  • ‘For my money, he is one of the best centre-halves in England,’ said Melrose.
in my opinion, to my mind, in my view, as I see it, personally, in my estimation, in my judgment, if you ask me

(the love of) money is the root of all evil

proverb Greed gives rise to selfish or wicked actions.
Example sentences
  • Perhaps he should reflect on Timothy's words, ‘For the love of money is the root of all evil.’
  • Many people say that money is the root of all evil.
  • They're also taught at the same time, money is the root of all evil.

money talks

proverb Wealth gives power and influence to those who possess it.
Example sentences
  • I twisted Billy's statement to demonstrate that money talks, and therefore gives its bearer power that others lack.
  • I know money talks but at the end of the day it is always going to be the player's choice as to where he plays his rugby.
  • The state of the union is that money talks and public policy is sold to the highest bidder.

one's money's worth

Good value for one’s money.
Example sentences
  • Solid transfers and a very enthralling cinematic experience create the value that gives consumers their money's worth here.
  • They will give you your money's worth, and more.
  • The graphics are better, and the gameplay is much improved with a solid Franchise mode, so you'll definitely get your money's worth with this one.

on the money

North American Accurate; correct: every criticism she made was right on the money
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  • The scary thought is that I suspect that Jared may be right on the money.
  • Some of his material is right on the money, but he talks about other ethnic groups with a vehemence that I can't handle.
  • Initial concerns of a significant cash shortfall are no longer on the money, according to McCormack.

put money (or put one's money) on

1Place a bet on.
Example sentences
  • Even if you aren't the betting type, Croupier is a gamble worth putting your money on.
  • I said,‘I think some low-life gambler didn't put his money on him, and he is leading.’
  • If the thrice-heir was a betting man, he would have put his money on the last speculation.
2Used to express one’s confidence in the truth or success of something: she won’t have him back—I’d put money on it
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  • ‘There are a couple of kids that will be there that I'd put my money on will be in the Olympics someday,’ she said.
  • As for the hormones, I'll put my money on three million years of human evolution over 50 years of questionable pharmaceutical research.
  • As far as Indian advertisers are concerned, they're putting their money on cricket rather than the Olympics.

put one's money where one's mouth is

informal Take action to support one’s statements or opinions.
Example sentences
  • Thank you so much for putting your money where your mouth is and supporting us, even while we're in beta.
  • He called on the director to put his money where his mouth is and support young actors.
  • I urge people to support him, since I'm about to put my money where my mouth is and pop him $5.

see the color of someone's money

Receive some proof that someone has enough money to pay for something.
Example sentences
  • There's very little we can do until we see the colour of their money.
  • We just need to see the colour of their money, one man said.
  • He added that transport costs would have to be ironed out first and the farmer's association had yet to see the colour of the company's money in this regard.

throw one's money around

Spend one’s money extravagantly or carelessly.
Example sentences
  • Wining, dining, taxis to Dublin - yet the good Lord appears remarkably unperturbed about how he throws your money around.
  • But I can tell you this: they are not throwing their money around on scroungers.
  • It is easy to sneer, of course, at rich people throwing their money about.

throw money at something

Try to solve a problem by recklessly spending money on it, without due consideration of what is required.
Example sentences
  • He has gambled that problems would be solved by throwing money at them, but failed to show the political courage required to tackle chronic problems.
  • The problem is too complicated to be reduced to a simple lack of cash, and as a consequence cannot be solved by simply throwing money at it.
  • Commendable as it might be, it doesn't take much effort to give cash, then walk away from the problem you are trying to solve by throwing money at it.



Pronunciation: /ˈmənēləs/
Example sentences
  • ‘I, like the vast majority of mankind, am powerless, voiceless and moneyless,’ he told the leader.
  • My stance on this may leave me moneyless, but at least I'll have my dignity.
  • The whole concept revolves around a moneyless society, with administrative decisions made based on scientific fact rather than lobbyists and special interest groups.


Middle 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.

  • In ancient Rome money was coined in a temple to the goddess Juno, where she was identified with a pre-Roman goddess called Moneta and known as Juno Moneta. Latin moneta has come down to English as money, and also as mint. Money is the root of all evil comes from the biblical Book of Timothy, where it is stated more carefully that ‘the love of money is the root of all evil’. People down the ages have agreed that money can't buy happiness, though this exact form appeared only in the 19th century. In 1964 the Beatles sang that ‘Money can't buy me love’. In Britain money gained with little effort is money for jam or money for old rope ( see rope). These expressions, dating back to the early 20th century, probably originated in military slang. In 1919 The Athenaeum stated that money for jam came from the ‘great use of jam in the Army’. See also colour, load, muck

Words that rhyme with money

bunny, dunny, funny, gunny, honey, runny, sonny, sunny, tunny

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Syllabification: mon·ey

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