de·​fund | \ (ˌ)dē-ˈfənd How to pronounce defund (audio) \
defunded; defunding; defunds

Definition of defund

transitive verb

: to withdraw funding from

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This policy is nothing more than a naked attack on Planned Parenthood, designed to defund it and hinder access to basic health care services for the 1.6 million people who are Title X recipients and Planned Parenthood patients. Lauren Rankin, Teen Vogue, "Trump's Title X Rules Could Lead to More Harassment at Abortion Clinics," 12 Mar. 2019 Others are angry that more than two years into Republican control of all three branches of the federal government, Planned Parenthood still hasn’t been fully defunded. Jane Coaston, Vox, "Fox News demanded a government shutdown — and got one," 22 Dec. 2018 Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins voted against a Senate bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks and have voted against other measures that would defund Planned Parenthood. Joe Fox, Washington Post, "What could happen if Roe v Wade gets struck down?," 29 June 2018 Of course, once in office, Trump has passed tax cuts for the wealthy, attempted to defund health care, and helped deregulate environmental protections that overwhelmingly impact poor Americans. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Stacey Abrams Will Give the Democratic Response to the State of the Union," 29 Jan. 2019 Mainstream Republican opinion—that the group ought to be defunded—remains sharply at odds with public sentiment. Sarah Jones, New Republic, "What Democrats Can Learn From Cecile Richards," 29 Jan. 2018 This led to an emergency meeting of the student government and widespread calls to defund the group or shut down the event. Jason Willick, WSJ, "How Conservatives Won the Law," 20 July 2018 The closures are the result of Iowa's health and human services budget, which immediately defunded any organization that offered abortions. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Four Planned Parenthood Clinics Just Closed in Iowa," 3 July 2017 For example in 2011 when Texas defunded Planned Parenthood. Fox News, "Texas lieutenant governor on preventing school shootings," 19 May 2018

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1948, in the meaning defined above

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