We all need money and we all use money. For this reason, we all might need to learn some money vocabulary in English. So, what are some vocabulary words for money?
In this interesting post, you’ll learn a variety of words related to money and finance in English as well as some money words that start with t, money words that start with s, money words that start with m.
Money related words and collocations
Below is a list of collocations and phrases about money.
Collocations with money and phrases about money
- Earn money
To get money as payment for work you do.
⇒ He earns about $ 45,000 a year.
- Win money
To get money from a competition, a lottery, etc.
⇒ My friend, Jim, won $ 200 on the lottery last weekend.
- Lose money
- The opposite of win money.
⇒ He lost all his money in a casino.
2. To be unable to find some money you had.
⇒ I have lost a big amount of money somewhere in the market.
- Save money
To keep the money so that you can use it in the future.
⇒ I save $ 200 a month. I’m planning to go on holiday.
- Pay money back
To give money back to the person you borrowed it from.
⇒ Don’t worry, I’ll pay you back next weekend.
- Lend money ( to someone)
To give money to someone on condition that they pay it back over a period of time.
⇒ My colleague lent me $ 100 two days ago.
- Owe money (to someone)
When you borrow money from a person or a bank and have to give it back in the future.
⇒ I owe the bank a lot of money.
- Borrow money (from someone):
To take money from a person or a bank and agree to pay it back to them at a later time.
⇒I don’t like to borrow money from neighbours.
- Spend money
To use money to buy the things you want.
⇒ My father spends a lot of money on clothes
- Waste money (on something)
Spend money on things you don’t need or want.
⇒ She loves shopping. She wastes a lot of money on things she doesn’t need.
Other money vocabulary
Here is a list of phrases about money with examples
- Pay off
Finish paying the money you owe.
⇒ I have paid off all my debts.
Put an amount of money into your bank account. (‘take out’ is the opposite)
⇒ I have recently paid in 1000 dollars.
- In the red
Having spent more money than you have in your bank account.
⇒ She is really careful with money. She’s never in the red.
- Make ends meet
Manage to buy what you need with the money you earn.
⇒ He works every day just to make ends meet.
- Well off
If you are well off, you have a lot of money.
⇒ He is a well-off businessman. He makes a lot of money.
- Save up (for sth)
Keep money in order that you can use it later.
⇒ “If you want to buy a new mobile, you should save up for it.” Said a mother to her son.
- Save for a rainy day
Save money for a time when you are in need.
⇒ My parents always save for a rainy day. They never borrow money from others.
Money vocabulary with definitions
A piece of paper money (= bill).
- Hard cash
Coins and paper money (bills/banknotes), not credit cards or cheques.
- Loose change
Coins that you have in your pocket or bag.
- Counterfeit /Fake money/ fake currency.
Not real / False and fraudulent
Automated Teller Machine (a cash machine/cashpoint)
A US, Canadian, or Australian dollar.
A ten-pound banknote
- Petty cash
Cash for daily expenses.
A banknote worth one dollar.
A banknote worth five pounds.
A thousand dollars or pounds.
- Overcharge (= rip off)
To charge somebody too much money for something.
- Green money
Green money means the money that is used for ecological purposes. It’s used in the context of green economists and the low carbon economy.
In the Middle East, Green money refers to money from Islamic
- Money laundering
Money laundering means moving money that has been gained illegally into foreign bank accounts or legal businesses in order that it is difficult for people to know its origin.
- Black money
Black money is the money obtained through illegal activity. Black money also refers to legal income that is not recorded for tax purposes.
- Money talks
“Money talks” is a saying used to talk about people who are really rich and can therefore get or do what they want.
- Currency exchange
Currency exchange is an office where you can change one currency into another.
Money vocabulary: Money idioms list
- Break the bank (in gambling)
Win more money than is held by the bank./ Cost more than you can afford.
- Settle accounts with someone
Pay money owed to someone.
- In aid of
For the purpose of raising money for; in support of
- Big bickies (Australian/informal)
A large sum of money.
- Bit on the side
Money earned outside your normal job.
- To be in the black
To have money, for example, in your bank account.
- To be in the red
To owe money to your bank because you have spent more than you have in your bank account.
- To be in the money (informal)
To have a lot of money to spend.
- Good money
The money you earn with hard work; a lot of money.
- For my money (informal)
In my opinion.
- Make money
To make a profit; to make a lot of money.
- Have money to burn
To have so much money that you do not have to be careful with it.
- Made of money (informal)
- Put money into something
To invest money in a project or a business.
- Throw your money around/about (informal)
To spend your money in a careless way.
- Throw money at something
To try to improve a situation or deal with a problem by spending money on it, while it would be better to deal with it in other ways.
- Easy money
Money that you get without working very hard for it.
- Marry money
Marry a rich person.
- Time is money (proverb)
Time is invaluable and should not be wasted.
- Money does not grow on trees
A saying used to tell someone not to spend money carelessly because they do not have much of it.
Money words that start with s
Money words that start with t
- Term loans
- Tax deductions
- Tax credits
- Tax break
- Trade agreement
- Trade credit
- Trade deficit
- Tax rates
- Tax exempt
- Tax accounting
- Tax avoidance
Money words that start with m
- Money box
- Money bag
- Money belt
- Money changer
- Money laundering
- Money machine
- Money market
- Money illusion
- Market value
- Market trends
- Monetary policy
- Money Market Account (MMA)
Money vocabulary exercises
Complete the following sentences with the right verbs from the list.
cost – buy – borrow – lend – earn – save – sell – spend – pay for
- We wanted to…….money from the bank, but it refused to………me some.
- How much does it………..to travel to Ireland by plane?
- You can…………..money by eating in instead of eating out.
- I’ll……..the meal. It’s on me today.
- I need to look for an evening job so that I can…………some extra money.
- You should not…….. too much money on unnecessary things.
- My computer has become old. I need to……another one.
- We don’t……….. alcoholic drinks in our store.
This list of money vocabulary is not exhaustive. More money vocabulary will be added to the list.