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1finance

noun fi·nance \fə-ˈnan(t)s, ˈfī-ˌ, fī-ˈ\

: the way in which money is used and handled; especially : the way in which large amounts of money are used and handled by governments and companies

finances : money available to a government, business, or person

: matters relating to money and how it is spent or saved

Full Definition of FINANCE

1
plural :  money or other liquid resources of a government, business, group, or individual
2
:  the system that includes the circulation of money, the granting of credit, the making of investments, and the provision of banking facilities
3
:  the science or study of the management of funds
4
:  the obtaining of funds or capital :  financing

Examples of FINANCE

  1. She's taking a course on personal finance.
  2. an expert in finance who predicts global economic disaster
  3. The library closed due to a lack of finances.

Origin of FINANCE

Middle English, ending, payment, from Anglo-French, from finer to end, pay, from fin end — more at fine
First Known Use: 1739

Other Economics Terms

actuary, compound interest, globalization, indemnity, portfolio, rentier, stagflation, usurer

2finance

verb

: to provide money for (something or someone)

: to buy (something) by borrowing money that will be paid back over a period of time

fi·nancedfi·nanc·ing

Full Definition of FINANCE

transitive verb
1
a :  to raise or provide funds or capital for <finance a new house>
b :  to furnish with necessary funds <finance a son through college>
2
:  to sell something to on credit

Examples of FINANCE

  1. His parents financed his college education.
  2. The study was financed by a government grant.
  3. They financed him to study abroad.

First Known Use of FINANCE

1866

Other Economics Terms

actuary, compound interest, globalization, indemnity, portfolio, rentier, stagflation, usurer
FINANCED Defined for Kids

1finance

noun fi·nance \fə-ˈnans, ˈfī-ˌnans\

Definition of FINANCE for Kids

1
finances plural :  money available to a government, business, or individual
2
:  the system that includes the circulation of money, the providing of banks and credit, and the making of investments

2finance

verb
fi·nancedfi·nanc·ing

Definition of FINANCE for Kids

:  to provide money for <She financed the trip herself.>

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