Definition of fund in English:


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Pronunciation: /fʌnd


1A sum of money saved or made available for a particular purpose: he had set up a fund to coordinate economic investment
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  • Right now, I do not see the funds available to save Social Security and Medicare, and we have to address that.
  • Benefits for others who have not yet retired would then have to be reduced to match the shortfall in the level of funds available.
  • Difficult decisions will have to be made about which few species can be saved with the limited funds available for conservation.
collection, kitty, reserve, pool, purse; endowment, foundation, trust, charity, grant; investment, capital; savings, nest egg
informal stash
1.1 (funds) Financial resources: a concert to raise funds for the church
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  • The subsidies include direct cash payments, debt payments, and funds for capital projects.
  • From now onwards the councils should strive to be up to date on payment of monthly salaries by raising funds from own vast resources.
  • The nature of the tax system used to raise funds to finance the debt had altered considerably during the previous century.
money, cash, hard cash, ready money; wealth, means, assets, resources, savings, capital, reserves, deep pockets, the wherewithal
informal dough, bread, loot, dosh, green, the ready, folding money
British informal lolly, spondulicks
1.2A large stock or supply of something: a vast fund of information
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  • He had little pride, though an exceptional fund of passionate integrity.
  • But clearly humour, and an appeal to the common fund of historical anecdotes, go a long way.
  • So the writer has brought with him a ball, a glove, a bat and a fund of stories.


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Provide with money for a particular purpose: the World Bank refused to fund the project
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  • By contrast, the citizen scientists would be funded by public money to do just that.
  • The money also funded film workshops at secondary schools and colleges across the region.
  • The project is funded by a four year grant from regeneration money provided by the government.
finance, pay for, back, capitalize, sponsor, provide finance/capital for, put up the money for, subsidize, underwrite, endow, support, be a patron of, float, maintain
informal foot the bill for, pick up the tab for
North American informal bankroll, stake


mid 17th century: from Latin fundus 'bottom, piece of landed property'. The earliest sense was 'the bottom or lowest part', later 'foundation or basis'; the association with money has perhaps arisen from the idea of landed property being a source of wealth.


in funds

British Having money to spend: he had bought a painting by Modigliani when he was in funds
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  • Blake continued to produce his own personal view of life and religion in his paintings and engraving, occasionally getting a commission to produce some works which kept him in funds.
  • Thus in funds, I had taken Sonya to a night-club.
  • A paying bank may dishonour the cheque - refuse to pay it - if the customer is not in funds, or if there is not a sufficiently agreed overdraft at the time it is presented.



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  • The expansion of programme and activities over the next three years can be planned in more detail once we know the funding levels from all our regular funders.
  • Again, funders were supportive when they heard the idea.
  • Like most funders, we don't just hand it out on a plate.

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