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finance

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

Simple Definition of finance

  • : 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. 1 plural :  money or other liquid resources of a government, business, group, or individual

  2. 2 :  the system that includes the circulation of money, the granting of credit, the making of investments, and the provision of banking facilities

  3. 3 :  the science or study of the management of funds

  4. 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


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finance

verb fi·nance

Simple Definition of finance

  • : to provide money for (something or someone)

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

Full Definition of finance

fi·nancedfi·nanc·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 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>

  3. 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.



1866

First Known Use of finance

1866




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