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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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

The first bankroll-able recording stars were classical artists such as the operatic tenor Enrico Caruso. Los Angeles Times, "Commentary: Classical streaming has arrived. How do the new services stack up?," 29 Aug. 2019 Basically assuring fat bankrolls for bookies in the seedy underworld and leaving the legal operations our state is sandwiched by in New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island as alternative options. Mike Anthony,, "Mike Anthony: Free of federal restraints for more than a year, Connecticut remains unable to establish regulated sports gambling," 4 Aug. 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Significantly, the project is being bankrolled by RSVP Movies, run by media veteran and former UTV boss, Ronnie Screwvala. Sangeeta Tanwar, Quartz India, "A Mumbai-based startup may soon create India’s answer to The Simpsons," 25 June 2019 The debt forgiveness would be bankrolled by a transaction tax on Wall Street, under his proposal. Janet Hook,, "Democrats’ presidential hopefuls jockey to outdo one another with pre-debate promises," 24 June 2019 And the festival was bankrolled by four people with connections -- including John Roberts, who came from a rich family with ties to the invention of Polident. Annie Zaleski, Billboard, "How Was Woodstock Originally Reported 50 Years Ago?," 14 Aug. 2019 While Locast is a nonprofit, the broadcasters argue that it's actually bankrolled by the satellite TV industry. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "TV networks sue nonprofit to kill free TV service," 31 July 2019 His production company bankrolls some of his biggest films, adding the income of a producer to that of actor. Jose Lambiet, miamiherald, "The Rock stars, produces and now sells tickets to his latest hit movies | Miami Herald," 21 May 2018 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

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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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