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mon·ey (mŭnē)
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n. pl. mon·eys or mon·ies
1. A medium that can be exchanged for goods and services and is used as a measure of their values on the market, including among its forms a commodity such as gold, an officially issued coin or note, or a deposit in a checking account or other readily liquefiable account.
2. The official currency, coins, and negotiable paper notes issued by a government.
3. Assets and property considered in terms of monetary value; wealth.
4.
a. Pecuniary profit or loss: He made money on the sale of his properties.
b. One's salary; pay: It was a terrible job, but the money was good.
5. An amount of cash or credit: raised the money for the new playground.
6. often moneys, monies Sums of money, especially of a specified nature: state tax moneys; monies set aside for research and development.
7. A wealthy person, family, or group: to come from old money; to marry into money.
Idioms:
for (one's) money
According to one's opinion, choice, or preference: For my money, it's not worth the trouble.
in the money
1. Slang Rich; affluent.
2. Sports & Games Taking first, second, or third place in a contest on which a bet has been placed, such as a horserace.
on the money
Exact; precise.
put money on Sports & Games
To place a bet on.
put (one's) money where (one's) mouth is Slang
To live up to one's words; act according to one's own advice.

[Middle English moneie, from Old French, from Latin monēta, mint, coinage, from Monēta, epithet of Juno, temple of Juno of Rome where money was coined.]

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