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

Definition of defund

transitive verb

: to withdraw funding from

Examples of defund in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But MPs would have limited opportunities to amend these plans, short of defunding the entire government. The Economist, "A Labour government would radically transform Britain," 30 Oct. 2019 About two months after commissioners defunded the county magistrates, Bexar County Manager David Smith praised the job the city magistrates were doing. Brian Chasnoff,, "Bail bond companies ‘at the table’ for bail reform," 26 Jan. 2020 Klobuchar used her response to call out Trump for defunding Planned Parenthood. Madeleine Carlisle, Time, "October Democratic Debate Highlights: Elizabeth Warren Takes Punches From Buttigieg, Biden and More," 16 Oct. 2019 Planned Parenthood from Republicans' attempts to defund it, nominate judges who respect Roe v. Wade, repeal the Hyde Amendment, and get rid of everything the Trump Administration put into place that limits access to safe abortions throughout the US. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Everything You Need to Know About the 2020 Presidential Primaries," 24 Sep. 2019 The spending bill effectively defunds any research on monkeys, cats, and dogs unless it is explicitly approved by the head of the agency. David Grimm, Science | AAAS, "2020 U.S. spending bill restricts some animal research, pushes for lab animal retirement," 19 Dec. 2019 The same fate befell bills to defund Planned Parenthood and enact concealed-carry reciprocity across states. Jim Geraghty, National Review, "Vulnerable House Democrats Walk the Plank for Impeachment," 17 Dec. 2019 The videos gave new strength to the conservative drive to defund Planned Parenthood. Sabrina Tavernise, New York Times, "Planned Parenthood Awarded $2 Million in Lawsuit Over Secret Videos," 15 Nov. 2019 What, precisely, did Congress fail to do, aside from put communities at risk of HIV and Hep C by defunding syringe programs? Zachary Siegel, The New Republic, "How the Drug War Blob Took Over The Washington Post," 10 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of defund

1948, in the meaning defined above

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“Defund.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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