Anything of value that serves as a (1) generally accepted medium of financial exchange, (2) legal tender for repayment of debt, (3) standard of value, (4) unit of accounting measure, and (5) means to save or store purchasing power. See also cash.

Use money in a sentence

  • Richard wanted to purchase all kinds of expensive things like jet skis, a mansion, and speed boats, but simply didn't have enough money.

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  • The government is generally hesitant to print new money during a recession because the flood of spendable cash can lead to inflation.

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  • Before the peak of the Mayan civilization, cacao seeds were used as money in order to do business with the neighboring Aztec civilization, who also viewed cacao seeds as desirable currency for exchange.

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Notable Quotes

  • Importance of Money
    "The importance of money flows from it being a link between the present and the future."
    - John Maynard Keynes
  • A Suggestion Regarding the Things Money Cannot Buy
    "It's good to have money and the things that money can buy, but it's good, too, to check up once in a while and make sure that you haven't lost the things that money can't buy."
    - George H. Lorimer
  • How Most People Take Care of Money
    "Many people take no care of their money till they come nearly to the end of it, and others do just the same with their time."
    - Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
  • Doing it for the Money
    "We might make a public moan in the newspapers about the decay of conscience, but in private conversation, no matter what crimes a man may have committed or how cynically he may have debased his talent or his friends, variations on the answer "Yes, but I did it for the money," satisfy all but the most tiresome objections."
    - Lewis H. Lapham
  • Beauty of Money
    "Money, which represents the prose of life, and is hardly spoken of in parlors without apology, is, in its effects and laws, as beautiful as roses."
    - Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • One Perspective on Asking Where Money was Spent
    "Never ask of money spent or where the spender thinks it went. Nobody was ever meant to remember or invent what he did with every cent."
    - Robert Frost
  • Advantage of Money
    "The use of money is all the advantage there is in having it."
    - Benjamin Franklin
  • A Lack of Money
    "The lack of money is the root of all evil."
    - George Bernard Shaw
  • Money and Survival
    "Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realise we cannot eat money. (A Cree Indian Proverb)"
    - Unknown
  • Poetry and Money
    "There's no money in poetry, but then there's no poetry in money either."
    - Robert Graves
  • Happiness and Money
    "What's the use of happiness? It can't buy you money."
    - Henny Youngman
  • Having All the Money One Will Ever Need
    "I've got all the money I'll ever need if I die by four o'clock."
    - Henny Youngman
  • A Proverb on Money and Truth
    "A single bag of money is stronger than two bags of truth."
    - Danish Proverb
  • How Money Helps People Make Realizations
    "I never knew how poor I was until I started making money."
    - Michael Douglas
  • Buying the Soul
    "Money is not required to buy one necessity of the soul."
    - Henry David Thoreau
  • A Twist on an Old Proverb
    "There was a time when a fool and his money were soon parted, now it happens to everybody."
    - Stevenson Wallflower
  • How Money is Like Love
    "Money is like love; it kills slowly and painfully the one who withholds it, and enlivens the other who turns it on his fellow man."
    - Kahlil Gibran
  • One Perspective on Money
    "One of the dumbest things you can do with money is spend it."
    - Robert Wilson
  • Loving Money
    "It isn't enough for you to love money - it's also necessary that money should love you."
    - Baron Rothschild
  • Money and Researchers
    "Money won't buy happiness, but it will pay the salaries of a large research staff to study the problem."
    - Bill Vaughan
  • Civilized Nations and Money
    "Money, not morality, is the principle commerce of civilized nations."
    - Thomas Jefferson
  • Keeping Score
    "Money is just what we use to keep score."
    - Henry Ford
  • How Much Money to Need
    "I just need enough money to tide me over until I need more."
    - Bill Hoest
  • Money as a Master or a Servant
    "Money is a good servant but a bad master."
    - Francis Bacon
  • Making Money in a Day
    "I know of nothing more despicable and pathetic than a man who devotes all the hours of the waking day to the making of money for money's sake."
    - John D. Rockefeller
  • One Perspective on the Importance of Money
    "It's important to me that money not be important to me."
    - Les Brown
  • Meeting or Following Money
    "Money's a horrid thing to follow, but a charming thing to meet."
    - Henry James
  • One Perspective on Making Money
    "I must say that I do wrestle with the amount of money I make, but at the end of the day what am I gonna say? I took less so that Rupert Murdoch could have more? (This statement was made when Tom Hanks came to terms with his $20 million)"
    - Tom Hanks
  • One Big Problem on this Planet
    "This planet has - or rather had - a problem, which was this: most of the people living on it were unhappy for pretty much of the time. Many solutions were suggested for this problem, but most of these were largely concerned with the movements of small green pieces of paper, which is odd because on the whole it wasn't the small green pieces of paper that were unhappy."
    - Douglas Adams

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