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, exchequer, 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

Nor does comparing overflowing bankrolls to the earnings of unskilled or production workers, as the relative labor earnings measurement does. Jo Craven Mcginty, WSJ, "Is Jeff Bezos Really the Richest of Them All?," 10 Aug. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Unions and state hospital associations are bankrolling the advertising for the expansion referenda and pitching it as a way to help the poor—a natural extension of Mormon compassion in Utah, for example. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "ObamaCare’s Red State Trap," 29 Oct. 2018 Now Nancy Pelosi and her Washington Democrats are bankrolling his campaign because Davis' record in Topeka is the Pelosi agenda in Washington. Fox News, "Christopher Steele's communications with DOJ raise questions," 11 Aug. 2018 Clare and Sara Bronfman, heiresses to the Seagram fortune, have been members for years; their money has reportedly bankrolled the group’s operations and litigation for the last 10 years, to the tune of close to $100 million. Doree Shafrir, Town & Country, "Catherine Oxenberg on Her Fight to Save Her Daughter from a Terrifying Cult," 9 Aug. 2018 Western powers are bankrolling the G5, a regional counterterrorism force with troops from Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger. The Economist, "The fight against Islamic State is moving to Africa," 14 July 2018 Who’s behind it: Bay Area venture capitalist Tim Draper bankrolled the measure, arguing that California is too big to be governed efficiently. Melody Gutierrez,, "Gas taxes, cage-free chickens and a chopped-up California top fall ballot," 3 July 2018 That same year a Vortex salesman named Leo Hulseman —a South Dakota native whose success would later bankroll a side career as a prominent North Shore polo player — left the company to start his own cup business. Christopher Borrelli,, "That red plastic cup is a Chicago original. Proceed to party.," 29 June 2018 Instead, the funds bankrolled the purchase of two surveillance systems — one targeting personal computers, the other cellphones — for intelligence-gathering operations directed by Martinelli, the complaint says. Jay Weaver, miamiherald, "Ex-Panama president, once living large in Miami, sent home to face corruption charges," 11 June 2018 This year, some of the industry's biggest names, including Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and Jeffrey Katzenberg, are bankrolling Democrats in competitive Senate campaigns. Bloomberg,, "Trump’s tax cuts help his loudest critics in Hollywood (and hurt lower-income showbiz pros)," 3 May 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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