WORD CHOICE: WORD CHOICE: money, cash, change, currencyMoney is the most general word for the notes and coins that you use for buying things• Can I borrow some money? • Put the money straight in your purse.Use cash when you want to emphasize that you mean notes and coins, and not cheques, credit cards etc• You have to pay in cash - they don't accept cheques.!! Do not say 'pay by cash'. Say pay in cash.Use change when you mean money in the form of coins, or the money you get back when you pay for something with more money than it cost• I need some change for the phone. • He left the shop without waiting for his change.Use currency to refer to the money of a particular country• You'll need about £500 worth of Japanese currency. ➔ See alsomoney
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Advanced Learner's Dictionary.