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)

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
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Jordan’s $8,532,374 exceeded House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy’s $8,350,153 bankroll, according to statistics compiled by Political MoneyLine. Sabrina Eaton, cleveland, 2 Feb. 2022 So rapidly did this divide grow, that, just over a decade after the two competitions formation, the only realistic way to have a shot at disrupting the status quo was by having a Russian billionaire or Middle Eastern Sheik bankroll massive losses. Zak Garner-purkis, Forbes, 19 Sep. 2021 Despite the fledgling league’s careful crafting and a name-brand bankroll, success is hardly guaranteed. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, 17 Oct. 2021 Some gangs bankroll candidates outright, while ordering hit men to deal with the competition. Los Angeles Times, 30 May 2021 Evaluating and understanding key stats can guide you to more fairways, greens and birdies in your bankroll. Jay Ginsbach, Forbes, 19 May 2021 Expect a big bankroll here, as the luxury matches its price tag. Kimberly Wilson, Travel + Leisure, 1 May 2021 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, 22 Dec. 2020 Instead of getting fatter, your $100 bankroll would actually be down to $59 after 10 coin flips. Daniel Tenreiro, National Review, 14 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Trident pays taxes that help bankroll the expansive services of a city government, which rents apartments, leases construction equipment and even provides plumbers and electricians to make repairs. Anchorage Daily News, 10 Apr. 2022 The Charlotte Hornets help bankroll Hornets Venom G.T. New York Times, 12 Jan. 2022 At the beginning of this month, the White House requested $22.5 billion in emergency funding from Congress to bankroll the Covid-19 programs that Americans have come to depend on, including free testing, vaccines, and treatments. Elizabeth Yuko, Rolling Stone, 17 Mar. 2022 In the coming years, crypto moguls will bankroll the campaigns of crypto-friendly candidates, or run for office themselves. New York Times, 5 Jan. 2022 Saudi Arabia’s sovereign public investment fund, Public Investment Fund, will probably bankroll projects that are part of Vision 2030, Wang says. Ralph Jennings, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2022 In 2018, two California nuns embezzled $500,000 from Catholic school tuition and other funds to bankroll a gambling trip to Las Vegas. Avital Chizhik-goldschmidt, The New Republic, 26 Jan. 2022 This new windfall for Phantom will help bankroll a major expansion for the company, according to Katz. Ed Garsten, Forbes, 19 Jan. 2022 Record companies often bankroll what are known as joint ventures, or JVs — think of them as frontier outposts that find artists, bring them back to the mothership, and split any profits generated. Elias Leight, Rolling Stone, 4 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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“Bankroll.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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