bank·​roll | \ ˈbaŋk-ˌrōl How to pronounce bankroll (audio) \

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

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of bankroll in a Sentence

Noun They started the business with a fairly small bankroll. my total bankroll right now is $2,000 Verb several corporations bankrolled the Broadway musical
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun One way to accelerate production is through what are known as second-source agreements, which the Gates Foundation has helped broker and bankroll. Jeffrey Kluger, Time, "What Bill Gates Thinks About the State of the Fight Against COVID-19," 22 Dec. 2020 Instead of getting fatter, your $100 bankroll would actually be down to $59 after 10 coin flips. Daniel Tenreiro, National Review, "Wall Street Bets Big on China," 14 Dec. 2020 The cartel's bankroll and resources grew faster, becoming a billion-dollar empire with an army of 5,000. Beth Warren, The Courier-Journal, "Meet the man behind crusade to stop global cartel powerhouse that's a top American threat," 25 Nov. 2020 While the measure faces an opposition campaign, AZ Central reported Friday that the group is far less active and carries a smaller bankroll. Julia Musto, Fox News, "Poll shows Arizonans support legalizing marijuana," 3 Oct. 2020 While the ballot measure faces an opposition campaign, that group so far is less active and carries a smaller bankroll than those opposed to a different legalization measure that failed in 2016. Ryan Randazzo, The Arizona Republic, "Poll shows support for legalizing marijuana in Arizona," 2 Oct. 2020 Authentic, co-owned by Spendthrift Farm, MyRaceHorse Stables, Mardaket Stables and Starlight Racing, earned $1.86 million and boosted his career bankroll to $2,871,200. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, "Authentic wins the 2020 Kentucky Derby ahead of favorite Tiz the Law," 5 Sep. 2020 With its huge bankroll, the Republican National Committee is fielding its biggest program and data operation ever. Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner, "Boom: $27.2M May haul for GOP, with Trump campaign raising more than $810M," 20 June 2020 And think of this new Celica GT-S as a special-edition Camaro—a breed that Chevrolet invented but has had trouble perpetuating because of its shrinking bankroll. Michael Jordan, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1982 Toyota Celica GT-S Highlights the Joys of Rear-Wheel Drive," 19 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb That’s why lenders to students scrutinize expected career payoffs, said Jeannie Tarkenton, co-founder and CEO of the private student loan company Funding U — not to bankroll only high earners, but to make sure the debt-to-earnings ratio makes sense. Washington Post, "More info is available about which college majors pay off, but students aren’t using it," 25 Dec. 2020 Millions of dollars from JobsOhio will largely bankroll the initiative along with the Ohio Development Services Agency. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, "Who will replace U.S. Sen. Rob Portman? The Wake Up for Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021," 26 Jan. 2021 Rebekah Mercer, one of Mr. Trump’s largest donors, helped bankroll the site. New York Times, "How Parler, a Chosen App of Trump Fans, Became a Test of Free Speech," 10 Jan. 2021 The Public Advocates shouldn’t be part of the Sierra Club’s campaign to banish fossil fuels, and ratepayers certainly shouldn’t be made to bankroll it. Allysia Finley, WSJ, "Now We’re Cooking With Gas. But Tomorrow?," 16 Dec. 2020 In September, the Agriculture Department quietly shifted some of the funds that were allocated to its Commodity Credit Corporation fund — which legally cannot subsidize tobacco — into a separate account that can bankroll the crop. Alan Rappeport, New York Times, "Trump Funnels Record Subsidies to Farmers Ahead of Election Day," 12 Oct. 2020 So do repressive regimes abroad, from Moscow to Pyongyang to Damascus, who use anonymous shell corporations to avoid sanctions and bankroll their authoritarian efforts. Morris Pearl, Fortune, "Congress just passed the most important anti-corruption reform in decades, but hardly anyone knows about it," 26 Dec. 2020 Today, the governments of Russia, Iran, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are all believed to bankroll the Taliban, according to numerous U.S. and international sources. Hanif Sufizada, The Conversation, "The Taliban are megarich – here’s where they get the money they use to wage war in Afghanistan," 8 Dec. 2020 While the White House and Democrats want to bankroll another $1 trillion-plus aid package, Senate Republicans are preparing a $500 billion bill to vote on later this month. Alan Rappeport, New York Times, "U.S. Budget Deficit Hit $3.1 Trillion Amid Virus Spending Surge," 16 Oct. 2020

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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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The first known use of bankroll was in 1849

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6 Jan 2021

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“Bankroll.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of bankroll

 (Entry 1 of 2)

chiefly US : a supply of money



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

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

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