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 as the calls to defund rang out, violent crimes in the Black community skyrocketed. Fox News, 12 May 2022 The man's death also prompted Indy10 Black Lives Matter to renewed their calls to defund the police. Lawrence Andrea, The Indianapolis Star, 29 Apr. 2022 For instance, after the U.S. House of Representatives voted to defund Planned Parenthood in 2015, the #ShoutYourAbortion activism campaign began emerging on Twitter. Washington Post, 3 May 2022 Mac Donald told Fox News Digital that the spike of 2020 was due to Black Lives Matter and defund the police movements that swept the nation, not the pandemic. Fox News, 29 Apr. 2022 Indy10 Black Lives Matter on Wednesday renewed their calls to defund the police and listed other instances of Indianapolis residents who died during mental health crises involving police. Lawrence Andrea, The Indianapolis Star, 27 Apr. 2022 After George Floyd’s murder last summer, both San Francisco’s police chief and London Breed, its mayor, endorsed the call to defund the police, while the ostensibly radical Boudin did not. The New Yorker, 29 July 2021 During that campaign, Ryu also attempted to make an issue of Raman’s DSA ties, pointing to the group’s calls to defund and abolish the police. David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times, 10 Mar. 2022 Don’t defund the police and replace them with unarmed social workers, argued Betsy Brantner Smith, a spokesperson for the National Police Association, a nonpartisan organization – hire more social workers into police departments. Michael Ruiz, Fox News, 12 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of defund

1948, in the meaning defined above

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20 May 2022

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“Defund.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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