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 week, the Missouri Senate attempted to defund one set up by Gov. Eric Greitens. Allison Kite, kansascity, "Every state but Missouri has opioid drug tracking. Why are senators against it? | The Kansas City Star," 29 Apr. 2018 And Congress has already defunded Justice Department prosecutions of medical cannabis businesses that are legal under state law. David B. Rivkin And Randal John Meyer, WSJ, "Another IRS Free-Speech Scandal," 22 Nov. 2018 Vote against House Republicans who seek to defund relevant regulatory agencies and who oppose green energy initiatives. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "The best thing you can do to stop climate change is to vote against Republicans," 27 Nov. 2018 The move would potentially defund Planned Parenthood by millions of dollars., "Trump administration will pull funds from groups that perform abortions or provide referrals," 18 May 2018 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

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1948, in the meaning defined above

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