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money

noun
 
 
/ˈmʌni/ MONEY
[U] the value of what a person or organization owns, keeps in a bank, has in investments, or spends: His estate is worth a lot of money. She makes more money than he does. Publishers earn money from their content.lose/spend/waste money We waste money on plants and decorations that we could be spending on salaries.borrow/lend/save money Lending money is a way to ensure that you get a say in how the borrower runs his business.pour/pump/put money into sth Pumping more money into the company isn't going to make customers want the product.donate/invest/raise money Donate money now to make a difference in your community.
[U] the coins or paper currency which can be used to buy things: He used to keep his money under the mattress. Patrons threw money into the fountain.
monies (also moneys) [plural] LAW different amounts of money taken together: He made a mistake by mixing clients' monies with the monies from his construction company.
at the money FINANCE options (= agreements to buy or sell particular shares, etc. in the future) are at the money when they could be used to buy or sell shares without making a profit or a loss: The options sold at the money.
in the money FINANCE options are in the money when they could be used to buy or sell shares for a profit: In traditional stock option plans, unless options are in the money, they are not exercised. informal having a lot of money: It's not just the oil companies that are in the money: high oil prices boost government revenue.
out of the money FINANCE options are out of the money when they would make a loss if they were used to buy or sell shares: With the shares currently trading at $50.53, however, these calls are out of the money.
make money to earn a lot of money from a job or an investment: Making money is the only reason I work on Wall Street.
be/pour/throw, etc. money down the drain to waste money: In propping up these industries, is the government throwing taxpayers' money down the drain?
make/lose money hand over fist to make or lose a lot of money very quickly: Like many Internet companies, they lost money hand over fist at first.
sb's money is on sb/sth used to say that someone strongly believes that a particular thing is likely to happen or a particular person is likely to be the one to do something: My money is on the bond markets getting it right.
the smart/clever money is on sb/sth used to say that people who know a lot about a situation strongly believe that a particular thing is likely to happen or a particular person is likely to be the one to do something: One airline has already filed for bankruptcy protection, and the smart money is on others joining them soon.
money talks used to say that money influences people, or that people with money tend to be listened to: Money talks in politics.
there's money in sth used to say that an activity will produce a profit: There's a lot of money in electronics. If you take this car to Texas, there's money in it for you.
→ See also application money, broad money, caution money, cheap money, conduct money, danger money, dear money, deposit money, easy money, e-money, fresh money, front money, funny money, hot money, hush money, idle money, key money, narrow money, near money, new money, old money, one-month money, one-year money, paper money, seed money, spending money
(Definition of money from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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