Definition of finance in English:

finance

Line breaks: fi¦nance
Pronunciation: /fʌɪˈnans
 
, fɪ-, ˈfʌɪnans
 
/

noun

[mass noun]
  • 1The management of large amounts of money, especially by governments or large companies: [as modifier]: the firm’s finance department
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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.
    Synonyms
    financial affairs, money matters, pecuniary matters, fiscal matters, economics, money management, commerce, business, investment, banking, accounting
  • 1.1Monetary support for an enterprise: the clearing banks are important sources of 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.
    Synonyms
    funds, assets, money, capital, resources, cash, wealth, reserves, wherewithal, revenue, income, stock; funding, backing, subsidy, sponsorship; (finances) financial condition/state, cash flow, budget
  • 1.2 (finances) The monetary resources and affairs of a state, organization, or person: the club’s finances are stretched to the limit
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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.

verb

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Origin

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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