Learner's definition of MONEY
1 [noncount] : something (such as coins or bills) used as a way to pay for goods and services and to pay people for their work
Dinner cost a lot of money last night. = We were charged a lot of money for dinner last night.
a sum of money
That painting must be worth a lot of money.
She's been making a lot of money in her new job. = (informal) She's been making big/good money in her new job.
He earned some money last summer as a musician.
We're trying to save enough money for a new car.
The town is raising money for the elementary school.
Friends would always ask her for money.
It's an interesting idea, but there's no money in it: it'll never sell.
The club made money [=earned money; made a profit] by selling advertisements in the newsletter.
She knew she could make money [=earn a profit] on the deal. = She knew there was money to be made from/on the deal.
When they take a vacation, money is no object. [=they are not concerned about the price of things] They always stay at the most expensive places.
2 [noncount] : a person's wealth: the money that a person has
He made his money in the insurance business.
He lost his money on foolish investments. = He threw all his money away on foolish investments.
They decided to put all their money in the stock market.
We didn't have much money when I was growing up.
She comes from money. [=her family is rich]
She married into money. [=she married a wealthy man]
— see also marry money at marry
3 monies [plural], formal
ormoneys: amounts of money
for my moneyinformal
: in my opinion
This book is, for my money, her best novel yet. [=I think this is her best novel yet]
For my money, nothing beats a juicy peach on a hot summer day.
in the money
1 US : among the top three finishers in a race (such as a horse race) 2 informal : having lots of money
made of moneyinformal
: having a lot of money
Do I look like I'm made of money?
Stop asking your father for a bigger allowance. He's not made of money, you know!
money for jamBritish, informalormoney for old rope
: money that is easily earned or gotten: easy money
— used to say that money has a strong influence on people's actions and decisions
money to burninformal
: a large amount of money to spend
on the moneyUS, informal
: exactly right or accurate
put (your) money on
: to bet on (something or someone)— often used to say that you feel very sure that something is true, will happen, etc.
put your money where your mouth isinformal
: to give or spend money or take some action in order to do or support something that you have been talking about
throw money around
: to spend money in a foolish or careless way
throw money at
: to try to solve (a problem) by spending a large amount of money on it without giving enough thought to exactly what should be done
time is money
— used to say that a person's time is as valuable as money
your money's worth
: as much as you deserve because of the money you paid or the effort you made
His new movie gives his fans their money's worth. [=his new movie is good and is worth the money that his fans pay to see it]
The people who showed up for the concert certainly got their money's worth.
He insisted on staying until the end of the show so that he could get his money's worth.