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 On March 4, the Trump administration officially posted its restrictive new guidelines on which providers can receive Title X funding in an effort to defund Planned Parenthood. Lauren Rankin, Teen Vogue, "Trump's Title X Rules Could Lead to More Harassment at Abortion Clinics," 12 Mar. 2019 The Pentagon declined to disclose which projects would be defunded. Author: Paul Sonne, Seung Min Kim, Anchorage Daily News, "Pentagon approves diversion of military construction funds for Trump’s border wall," 11 Mar. 2019 Amid continued anger over the crisis at the border, calls to abolish or defund ICE last year became a rallying cry among some Democrats, including Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who campaigned on eliminating the agency. Derrick Bryson Taylor,, "FBI investigating shootings at San Antonio ICE facilities," 14 Aug. 2019 Entire offices meant to coordinate an interagency response to right-wing extremism were funded, staffed and then defunded in the face of legal, constitutional and political concerns. Vera Bergengruen, Time, "‘We Are Being Eaten From Within.’ Why America Is Losing the Battle Against White Nationalist Terrorism," 8 Aug. 2019 That's because of 1996 legislation defunding any research at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention promoting gun control. CBS News, "Guns and public health: Applying preventive medicine to a national epidemic," 4 Aug. 2019 An analysis by The Washington Post this year found that projects in Puerto Rico and initiatives to help European nations deter Russia were particularly vulnerable to being defunded. Author: Paul Sonne, Seung Min Kim, Anchorage Daily News, "Pentagon approves diversion of military construction funds for Trump’s border wall," 11 Mar. 2019 Back in 2000, Camenker’s group illegally recorded LGBT youth groups and distributed the videos in an attempt to defund the state’s Governor’s Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth. Melissa Gira Grant, The New Republic, "When the State Enforces “Straight Pride”," 4 Sep. 2019 And the notion that the loss of Title X money is tantamountto defunding Planned Parenthood is similarly unfounded (Planned Parenthood willcontinue to receive $400 million from Medicaid). Jess Mchugh, Fortune, "Title X Has Never Paid for Abortions—But the Trump Administration Gutted It Anyway," 26 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of defund

1948, in the meaning defined above

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