20 Collocations about MONEY

Hi English learners. Welcome to a new lesson. We will look at 20 collocations about money.

Here is the list:

  1. Borrow money from
  2. Lend money to
  3. Spend money on
  4. Owe money
  5. Pay back
  6. Waste money
  7. Cost money
  8. Earn money
  9. Get money out of the bank
  10. Win money
  11. Lose money
  12. Save money
  13. Sum/amount of money
  14. Set aside money
  15. Deposit money
  16. Big money
  17. Pocket money
  18. Easy money
  19. Raise money
  20. Put money on 

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Borrow money from

Meaning: to take money from someone and give it back later.

  • I borrowed  £200 from a friend to have my car repaired.
  • You shouldn’t borrow money unless you can pay it back.

Lend money to

Meaning: to give money to someone for a time period and expect them to pay you back.

  • The bank lent money to Tom to start a business.
  • It is not very wise to lend money to people you don’t know well.

Learn more about the difference between lend and borrow here 

Spend money on

Meaning: to use the money for buying things.

  • While on the excursion, spend money carefully and don’t be too extravagant.
  • Imelda Marcos spent a fortune on shoes.
Collocations about MONEY
Collocations about MONEY

Owe money

Meaning: to have to pay the money back to someone because you’ve borrowed it from them.

  • Michael owes £200 rent money to the landlord.
  • I promise I’ll give you the money I owe you next weekend.

Pay back

Meaning: to give someone back the money you borrowed from them.

  • Do you think he will pay you back the money?
  • My neighbour borrowed money from me and never paid me back.

Waste money

Meaning: to use money foolishly, to spend more than is necessary.

  • Don’t waste your money on renting the office. You should work from home.
  • Why are you wasting money on the things you don’t need?

Cost money

Meaning: refers to the amount of money you need to buy something.

  • The production of the yacht costs a lot of money.
  • It costs money to have a horse. 

Collocations about MONEY

Earn money

Meaning: to do some work for money.

  • Senior managers in our company earn a lot of money.
  • Mark earns a living as a carpenter.

Get money out of the bank

Meaning: to withdraw money from a  bank.

  • It is impossible to get money out of the bank without an ID.
  • This card enables you to get money out of the bank at any time.

Win money

Meaning: to receive money for betting or playing a game.

  • Our neighbour won £2 million in the lottery.
  • Have you ever won money in competitions?

Lose money

Meaning: to spend more than you can earn.

  • Unfortunately, the company has lost a lot of money since the war started.
  • Sophia invested in publishing a book but she lost money.
Collocations about MONEY
Collocations about MONEY

Save money

Meaning: to set aside some money for future use.

  • We are saving money for a summer holiday.
  • Lucy saved some money for a new car.

Sum/amount of money

Meaning: a quantity of money.

  • The company donated a considerable sum of money to charity.
  • Berry made a large amount of money by selling cars.

Set aside money

Meaning: keep some money for a particular future purpose.

  • The bank set aside £1 million for the new road.
  • The family set aside some money to repair the roof of the house.

Deposit money

Meaning: a sum of money a bank safekeeps for some time.

  • You have to deposit money when you live in a foreign country in case you get ill or similar.
  • We deposited £300 in a bank.

Big money

Meaning: a slang term referring to a large amount of money.

  • The magazine paid big money to hear the story about the prince.
  • They made big money selling sugar.

Collocations about MONEY

Pocket money

Meaning: a smaller amount of money parents give to their children.

  • How much pocket money do you give to your children?
  • They always give pocket money to their children on Saturday mornings.

Easy money

Meaning: money you get for little or no work, or in a dishonest way.

  • Let’s buy these for £2 and sell them for £3. It’s easy money.
  • The boy tried to make some easy money by stealing.

Raise money

Meaning: to collect money for a particular purpose.

  • The campaign aimed at raising money for disabled children.
  • Raising money helps others and makes a difference.

Put money on 

Meaning: to place a bet on someone or something.

  • They put money on horse number 3 at the horse race.

Manchester United must win. I put money on it.

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Collocations about MONEY
Collocations about MONEY

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