Definition of finance in English:


Syllabification: fi·nance
Pronunciation: /ˈfīnans
, fəˈnans


1The management of large amounts of money, especially by governments or large companies.
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  • The finance department has also been developed to meet the needs of the bigger merged company.
  • For a book about money, finance and the stock market, those sorts of numbers were previously unheard of.
  • The last few decades have witnessed many innovations in the consumer finance industry.
financial affairs, money matters, fiscal matters, economics, money management, commerce, business, investment
1.1Monetary support for an enterprise: housing finance
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  • Most of the book makes sense for any old economy business seeking finance from external sources, too.
  • It is easy to find private sector finance for an enterprise that guarantees profits for 25 years.
  • Quite unlike several other areas, finance for housing is said to have a tremendous future.
funds, assets, money, capital, resources, cash, reserves, revenue, income;
funding, backing, sponsorship
1.2 (finances) The monetary resources and affairs of a country, organization, or person: the finances of the school were causing serious concern
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  • They are there to provide advice to the general public on managing their finances.
  • In fact, if anything, that's a bit of a testament to my ability to manage finances.
  • Good governance and management of finances is surely key to keeping the debt crisis at bay.


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Provide funding for (a person or enterprise): the city and county originally financed the project
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  • It will be financing such customers either directly or through its franchisee set up.
  • One is that the money must go to projects not normally financed by the British taxpayer.
  • The proposed tax cuts, to be financed by the current budget surplus, might help.


late Middle English: from Old French, from finer 'make an end, settle a debt', from fin 'end' (see fine2). The original sense was 'payment of a debt, compensation, or ransom'; later 'taxation, revenue' Current senses date from the 18th century, and reflect sense development in French.

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