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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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 To complicate matters for Charlatan, his bankroll is smaller than two possible entrants. Los Angeles Times, "Horse racing newsletter: Santa Anita is still in a holding pattern," 24 Apr. 2020 The new group, operating with the same gigantic bankroll that funded Bloomberg's campaign, could play a major role in shaping the general election this fall. Michael Scherer, Anchorage Daily News, "Bloomberg plans new group to support Democratic nominee," 5 Mar. 2020 Nichols agreed to provide money to buy machines, pay lawyers and bankroll acquisitions, interviews and documents obtained by ProPublica Illinois show. Jason Grotto, ProPublica, "Beginner’s Luck: How One Video Gambling Company Worked the Odds and Took Over a State," 3 Mar. 2020 As of Sept 30, the group’s bankroll was empty, according to records. Dan Petrella,, "Gov. J.B. Pritzker gives $5 million to committee backing his graduated income tax plan," 11 Dec. 2019 Their main foe might be So Awesome, the race’s richest entrant with a bankroll of $446,113. Bob Roberts, cleveland, "Courageous Lady field set; Cheryl White memorial Oct. 18; Cooper’s streak ends: Horse racing roundup," 10 Oct. 2019 The life of this party, and its bankroll, is William Timothy Duggan — a Ken Kesey-like merry prankster leading an outing where the lemonade is spiked with nothing more dangerous than sugar. Washington Post, "When that ‘rock’ is actually a horseshoe crab and the beach becomes a respite from the city," 22 June 2019 Epstein, who had a massive bankroll and extensive connections, had assembled a high-powered team of lawyers, including Kenneth Starr, Alan Dershowitz, Jack Goldberger and Jay Lefkowitz. NBC News, "Ex-Florida police chief: Epstein case 'the worst failure of the criminal justice system' in modern times," 21 Sep. 2019 Hernández worries her pot use could be helping bankroll violent drug-trafficking networks. Lissette Romero And Amy Guthrie,, "Mexican cannabis users eagerly await legal marijuana," 13 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The startups requested the government to bankroll 50% of their workforce’s salaries for six months, provide interest-free loans, waive rent for three months, and offer tax benefits. Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, "Coronavirus crisis triggers layoffs, pay cuts, and hiring freeze across Indian industries," 16 Apr. 2020 Sure, in part because the U.S. system allows wealthy Americans to bankroll them indirectly. Bill Allison, Fortune, "The 2020 presidential race might be remembered as when the dam broke on money in U.S. politics," 14 Feb. 2020 Lenders were happy to bankroll Mr Ambani’s project, given his group’s lucrative petrochemicals business. The Economist, "Fault on the line A price war has undermined India’s big telecoms companies," 12 Dec. 2019 In essence, what’s being proposed are incremental changes that will continue to bankroll the bloated private health insurance industry. Laura Weiss, The New Republic, "The Democrats’ Terrible Health Care Solution for the Newly Unemployed," 16 Apr. 2020 But that’s not necessarily true for a lot of players ranked outside the top 75, who need the week-to-week grind of playing tournaments to bankroll their careers. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "World TeamTennis sends $1,000 to players, coaches as pro tennis remains in limbo," 6 Apr. 2020 The decision to bankroll the primary sparked intense debate among the commissioners. Nic Garcia, Dallas News, "Dallas County picking up the bill for primary election after Dems, GOP fall short on poll workers," 19 Feb. 2020 Chinese fintech giant CreditEase is raising new funds to bankroll its expansion in the country’s increasingly competitive wealth management sector, according to people familiar with the matter. Fortune, "Chinese Wealth Manager CreditEase Is Said to Seek Fresh Funding," 27 Dec. 2019 The Irishman — a film no major studio was willing to bankroll — has been a hit for Netflix. James Hibberd,, "Netflix says The Irishman watched by 26 million homes in first week," 10 Dec. 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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The first known use of bankroll was in 1849

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28 Apr 2020

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“Bankroll.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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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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