bank·roll | \ˈbaŋk-ˌrōl \

Definition of bankroll 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: supply of money : funds


bankrolled; bankrolling; bankrolls

Definition of bankroll (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to supply money for (a business, project, or person)

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Other Words from bankroll


bankroller noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for bankroll

Synonyms: Noun

coffers, finances, fund, pocket, resources, wherewithal

Synonyms: Verb

capitalize, endow, finance, fund, stake, subsidize, underwrite

Antonyms: Verb


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Examples of bankroll in a Sentence


They started the business with a fairly small bankroll. my total bankroll right now is $2,000


several corporations bankrolled the Broadway musical
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The same can be said by building that starting bankroll. Chuck Blount, San Antonio Express-News, "You aren’t a pro, so don’t treat your bankroll like you are," 16 Apr. 2018 Stick around for a few hours and your bankroll will almost certainly be gone. Spencer Jakab, WSJ, "Investors Can’t Get Enough of Wall Street’s Sucker’s Bets," 29 June 2018 His latest movie, which is also his first in 15 years, stars Keith Carradine and Sondra Locke as two down-on-their-luck people who each improbably stumble onto ample bankrolls. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "9 movies that lead the list of thought-provoking choices at the Cinetopia 2018 festival," 31 May 2018 On the topic of starting and running up a poker bankroll, there is no shortage of advice out there. Chuck Blount, San Antonio Express-News, "You aren’t a pro, so don’t treat your bankroll like you are," 16 Apr. 2018 On Bye earned $34,827 for the win, pushing his career bankroll to $529,530 with a record of 7-19-10 from 56 starts., "Digest (June 2): Brigade beat by Albany Empire, 61-53," 2 June 2018 In 2016, George Soros, the philanthropist who’d later bankroll Krasner’s campaign, backed a dozen reform candidates, and ten of them won. Maya Wiley, The New Republic, "Power of the Prosecutor," 24 May 2018 The party-wrangling has emerged despite Baker’s popularity in public polls and $7.9 million political bankroll that dwarfs all Democrats’ campaign funds combined. Frank Phillips,, "Charlie Baker has made great efforts to distance himself from Trump. His party? Not so much," 27 Apr. 2018 His campaign bankroll includes $500 from Mac Churchill and $250 from Tarrant County Commissioner Gary Fickes, according to campaign finance records filed Jan. 15 that reflect donations through the end of 2017. Anna M. Tinsley, star-telegram, "2018 primary: Why these 4 Republicans want to become the one ‘everybody loves to hate’," 2 Feb. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In 2014, Vice News reported that Alkermes was one of several drug companies bankrolling doctors to bad-mouth medical marijuana. Bill Myers, Chicago Reader, "Officials hope much-hyped drug can slow state's opioid crisis, but is it worth the costs?," 16 May 2018 The staff formally recommended that the agency press ahead with one tunnel because bankrolling the full project entailed more financial risk. Bettina Boxall,, "Southern California plans to spend $11 billion on the delta tunnels. Who will end up paying?," 16 Apr. 2018 Exxon Mobil quit the American Legislative Exchange Council, a lobbying group bankrolled by fossil fuel companies, following a disagreement over climate-change policy. Kevin Crowley And Ari Natter, Houston Chronicle, "Exxon quits Koch-backed business group after climate change disagreement," 13 July 2018 The effort, led by tenants rights groups and bankrolled by Los Angeles HIV/AIDS activist Michael Weinstein, qualified for the Nov. 6 ballot in June. Phillip Molnar,, "Could rent control be coming to San Diego?," 3 July 2018 Soon, other dockless bike share companies popped up: Chinese copycat Mobike, bankrolled by Alibaba rival Tencent, claims to be the world's biggest dockless operator. Mark Harris, WIRED, "The Bike Share War Is Shaking Up Seattle Like Nowhere Else," 14 June 2018 Outside groups including two bankrolled by Illinois billionaire Richard Uihlein have spent $1.8 million pumping Rosendale’s candidacy. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Roseanne Barr and the new political correctness," 29 May 2018 This egregious behavior is encouraged, condoned and bankrolled by the Chinese state. WSJ, "China-U.S. Trade on a Tilted Playing Field," 22 Apr. 2018 The Iraq War veteran previously served as the executive director of Concerned Veterans for America, which is in the constellation of groups bankrolled by the billionaire Koch brothers. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Trump may hire multiple cable news personalities as part of shake-up," 16 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of bankroll


1849, in the meaning defined above


1915, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of bankroll

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a supply of money



English Language Learners Definition of bankroll (Entry 2 of 2)

: to supply money for (a business, project, person, etc.)

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