Definition of fund in English:


Syllabification: fund
Pronunciation: /fənd


  • 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, grant, investment; savings, nest egg
    informal stash
  • 1.1 (funds) Financial resources: the misuse of public funds
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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, ready money; wealth, means, assets, resources, savings, capital, reserves, the wherewithal
    informal dough, bread, loot
  • 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.
    stock, store, supply, accumulation, collection, bank, pool; mine, reservoir, storehouse, treasury, treasure house, hoard, repository
    informal pork barrel
  • 1.3 (the funds) British The stock of the national debt (as a mode of investment).
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    • Investments in the funds fell to 25% of the previous week's rate.
    • That there is no connection between myself personally and the funds investment.
  • 1.4An organization set up for the administration and management of a monetary fund.
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    • The funding will now come from the council's asset management fund, although it will be in next year's budget.
    • Buy a fully managed short fund just to get used to its price behavior in different markets.
    • If there is a cash award against one of the other parties, that is paid by out of a producer's fund.


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  • Provide with money for a particular purpose: the World Bank refused to fund the project [in combination]: government-funded research
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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, put up the money for, subsidize, underwrite, endow, support, maintain
    informal foot the bill for, pick up the tab for, bankroll, stake


in funds

British Having money to spend.
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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.


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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