bankroll

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

Definition of bankroll

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: supply of money : funds

bankroll

verb
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

Verb

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

defund

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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

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. baltimoresun.com, "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, BostonGlobe.com, "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

That didn’t mean anyone in the group was eager to bankroll an expensive legal battle. Rachel Dissell, cleveland.com, "Landlords weigh in on Cleveland’s proposed lead-safe law. You can, too: Survey," 28 June 2019 As a result, billionaires like Eli Broad, the DeVos family, and the Walton family are able to bankroll destructive charter school experiments to enrich investors and real-estate developers with taxpayer resources. Bernie Sanders, The Mercury News, "Opinion: How Sanders would increase funding for public schools," 6 June 2019 Team Ineos is bankrolled by British billionaire Jim Ratcliffe, head of the Ineos petrochemical company. George Ramsay, CNN, "Chris Froome to miss Tour de France after suffering 'multiple serious injuries'," 12 June 2019 Some of Seattle’s largest companies — including Amazon — are bankrolling the No Tax on Jobs campaign to repeal the tax, backed up by residents who say their trust in City Hall has eroded. Sarah Wu, The Seattle Times, "Head-tax fight hits Seattle’s streets as referendum campaign faces deadline," 11 June 2018 Lawmakers are bankrolling the new School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership at Arizona State, and the University of Arizona’s Department of Political Economy and Moral Science. Stephanie Saul, New York Times, "Arizona Republicans Inject Schools of Conservative Thought Into State Universities," 26 Feb. 2018 In 1987, then-CEO Eli Hurvitz agreed to help out a friend who was working on a new drug at Israel’s Weizmann Institute by bankrolling the clinical trials needed to win regulatory approval. Denise Roland, WSJ, "King of Generics Pushes Into Biotech Drugs," 13 Feb. 2019 An investigative report by the daily newspaper Folha de S. Paulo last week alleged that friendly businessmen were bankrolling the WhatsApp effort, leading to an investigation by the electoral court. Peter Prengaman, The Seattle Times, "A rise from marginal lawmaker to presidential front-runner," 27 Oct. 2018 Hulk Hogan) and Gawker media, illuminating the corporate titan bankrolling the lawsuit: Peter Thiel. Natalina Lopez, Town & Country, "The documentary opened the Hamptons International Film Festival.," 12 July 2017

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First Known Use of bankroll

Noun

1849, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1915, in the meaning defined above

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bankroll

noun

English Language Learners Definition of bankroll

 (Entry 1 of 2)

chiefly US : a supply of money

bankroll

verb

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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