de·​fund | \ (ˌ)dē-ˈfənd \
defunded; defunding; defunds

Definition of defund

transitive verb

: to withdraw funding from

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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 Councilman Mike Perrone, who unsuccessfully tried to defund the ag preservation program, cast the only vote against the final budget, which takes effect July 1. Allan Vought, The Aegis, "Harford council passes fiscal 2019 budget, rejects amendment to defund ag preservation program," 16 May 2018 Ever since Texas defunded Planned Parenthood in 2011, the media have worked overtime to find evidence of a public-health crisis in the Lone Star State. Michael J. New, National Review, "Two Important Pro-Life Goals for 2018," 19 Jan. 2018 That fear makes sense: In 2017, Trump introduced a budget proposal that would entirely defund the USDA’s water and wastewater loan and grant program. Sarah Jones, New Republic, "Rural America’s Drinking-Water Crisis," 12 Feb. 2018 The leader of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, Meadows is at the forefront of a movement in Congress to defund Planned Parenthood using the looming threat of a government shutdown. Jack Martinez, Newsweek, "Facing Congress, Planned Parenthood CEO Defends Abortion as a Health Service," 29 Sep. 2015 But in the months since — as startling images emerged from the border of migrant children separated from their parents — the call to abolish or defund the agency has gained momentum in the midterm campaigns. New York Times, "How ‘Abolish ICE’ Went From Social Media to Progressive Candidates’ Rallying Cry," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of defund

1948, in the meaning defined above

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