crowd·​fund ˈkrau̇d-ˌfənd How to pronounce crowdfund (audio)
crowdfunded; crowdfunding; crowdfunds
transitive verb
: to obtain needed funding for (something, such as a new business) by soliciting contributions from a large number of people especially from the online community
Kudos to former Nashvillian, Devin Haqq, filmmaker, actor, writer and director who was very successful when he decided to crowdfund his film "Ambition's Debt".Justine Harvey

Examples of crowdfund in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Her family had to crowdfund to raise money to pay for her care. Wendy Netter Epstein, STAT, 3 Nov. 2023 No More Woof shows the particular perils of trying to crowdfund neurotech gadgets. IEEE Spectrum, 19 Jan. 2017 The auction drew wide attention thanks to the online campaign by crypto enthusiasts to crowdfund a bid for the document. Washington Post, 19 Nov. 2021 Watch the trailer here: Angel Studios is set up as a platform empowering filmmakers with full creative control to crowdfund, create and distribute films and TV series globally. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 11 May 2023 Here’s how to crowdfund it. Los Angeles Times, 26 Apr. 2022 Hosts often crowdfund to foot the costs; even Rochko’s work in building Mastodon is funded by a Patreon that has now reached around thirty thousand dollars a month in pledges. Kyle Chayka, The New Yorker, 22 Nov. 2022 People crowdfund on Twitter. Washington Post, 7 June 2021 Meanwhile Ukraine turns instead to its citizens, and friends abroad, to crowdfund solutions on a volunteer basis because its people are the ones that are motivated to win this fight for survival. Keir Giles, CNN, 25 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

2008, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of crowdfund was in 2008

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“Crowdfund.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

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