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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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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

Each episode will focus on a different home flip, from Champions to the Third Ward, that the couple bankrolls from their personal finances (thought they are paid to appear on the series). Darla Guillen Gilthorpe, Houston Chronicle, "Houston couple who star in new HGTV show 'Going for Sold' flip houses all around the Bayou City," 30 July 2019 Did Janet blow her entire bankroll on three Packers, leaving herself unable to cover her bye week with anyone above a minimum bid? Brandon Niles,, "How to Convert Fantasy Football Draft Strategies into Auction Strategies," 11 July 2019 Many had been honing their skills — and building a bankroll — through online games. Washington Post, "All in for riches: World Series of Poker marks 50th run," 28 June 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Obviously, networks and distributors wouldn't bankroll such content if there wasn't a loyal, even burgeoning audience for true crime, so the public's complicity can't be overlooked. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'Mindhunter' wades back into crowded pool of serial killer TV," 16 Aug. 2019 Several of the mass shooters bankrolled their guns and ammunition with credit cards. Ellen Florian, Fortune, "Are Credit Card Companies the Key to Stopping Mass Shooters? These Visa Shareholders Think So," 14 Aug. 2019 The media mogul has bankrolled the counterweight to the National Rifle Association. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, "At gun control forum after El Paso rampage, 2020 Dems join Bloomberg boasting that NRA is on the run," 10 Aug. 2019 Hoping for big returns, the investors unknowingly bankrolled Kabra’s lavish lifestyle, including a pricey powerboat and payments for his debts, prosecutors have alleged. Travis Andersen,, "Prosecutors: A 25-year-old man promised big returns for investors in his ‘angel fund’ but spent the money on himself," 8 Aug. 2019 Gulf states bankroll him for fear that the alternative is a regime led by the Muslim Brotherhood. The Economist, "Pyramid scheme," 6 July 2019 The federal government bankrolls around one-quarter of all infrastructure investment in the United States, to the tune of $100 billion per year. Andrew Grotto For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "Our lax cybersecurity policies put our elections and our data at risk," 31 July 2019 Wheeler-dealers bankroll the campaigns of professors competing to become deans, for example by throwing parties for students, who in some cases have a role in choosing them. The Economist, "Letting academics pick magistrates has not worked in Guatemala," 25 July 2019 For a brief moment in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Eisner was Disney’s Medici, enthusiastically commissioning (and bankrolling) monuments not just to the Mouse, but to postmodernism itself. Angela Serratore, Curbed, "The magical (postmodern) world of Disney," 17 July 2019

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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)

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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