Definition of fund in English:


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Pronunciation: /fʌnd



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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


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.


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.

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