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English definition of “money”


noun [U]     /ˈmʌn.i/
A1 coins or notes that are used to buy things, or the amount of these that one person has: "How much money do you have on you?" "£10 in notes and a few coins ." We invested the money in a high-interest bank account . I wanted to buy it but it cost too much money (= was too expensive ). We spent so much money redecorating the house that we didn't have any left over for a holiday . You can't pay in English money. You'll have to change some money (= buy some foreign money) at the bank . How much money do you earn ? He enjoyed acting but he wasn't making (= earning ) much money. Her investments haven't made (= produced as profit ) much money this year . They made their money (= became rich ) in the fashion business . He tried to persuade me to put money into the company (= invest in the company ). We need to raise (= collect ) money for a new school pool from the parents . Try to save (= keep ) some money for your holiday . We're saving (= not spending as much) money by using volunteers . I didn't like the job , but the money (= amount of pay ) was good. Money is tight / short (= we don't have much money) at the moment . I had some very expensive dental treatment recently , but it was money well spent - it'll save me problems in the future .Savings, interest and capitalForms of money and methods of payment money in sth If you say that there is money in something, you mean that the activity will produce a profit : There's money in sport these days . There's money in it for you.Profits and losses
(Definition of money noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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