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finance

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noun fi·nance \ fə-ˈnan(t)s , ˈfī-ˌnan(t)s , fī-ˈnan(t)s \

Definition of finance

1 finances plural :money or other liquid resources of a government, business, group, or individual
  • The library closed due to a lack of finances.
2 :the system that includes the circulation of money, the granting of credit, the making of investments, and the provision of banking facilities
3 :the science or study of the management of funds
  • An expert in finance predicts a global recession.
4 :the obtaining of funds or capital :financing
  • business expansion for which finance would otherwise be unavailable
  • —F. D. Roosevelt

Examples of finance in a Sentence

  1. She's taking a course on personal finance.

  2. an expert in finance who predicts global economic disaster

  3. The library closed due to a lack of finances.

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Origin and Etymology of finance

Middle English, ending, payment, from Anglo-French, from finer to end, pay, from fin end — more at fine


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finance

verb

Definition of finance

financed; financing
transitive verb
1 a :to raise or provide funds or capital for
  • finance a new house
b :to furnish with necessary funds
  • finance a son through college
2 :to sell something to on credit

Examples of finance in a Sentence

  1. His parents financed his college education.

  2. The study was financed by a government grant.

  3. They financed him to study abroad.

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Origin and Etymology of finance



FINANCE Defined for English Language Learners

finance

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noun

Definition of finance for English Language Learners

  • : the way in which money is used and handled; especially : the way in which large amounts of money are used and handled by governments and companies

  • finances : money available to a government, business, or person

  • : matters relating to money and how it is spent or saved


finance

verb

Definition of finance for English Language Learners

  • : to provide money for (something or someone)

  • : to buy (something) by borrowing money that will be paid back over a period of time


FINANCE Defined for Kids

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finance

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noun fi·nance \ fə-ˈnans , ˈfī-ˌnans \

Definition of finance for Students

1 finances plural :money available to a government, business, or individual
2 :the system that includes the circulation of money, the providing of banks and credit, and the making of investments

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finance

verb

Definition of finance for Students

financed; financing
:to provide money for
  • She financed the trip herself.

Law Dictionary

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finance

noun fi·nance

legal Definition of finance

1 plural :money or other liquid resources of a government, business, group, or individual
2 :the system that includes the circulation of money, the granting of credit, the making of investments, and the provision of banking facilities
3 :the science or study of the management of funds
4 :the obtaining of funds or capital :financing

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finance

transitive verb

legal Definition of finance

financed; financing
1 a :to raise or provide funds or capital for
  • finance a takeover
b :to furnish with necessary funds
2 :to sell something to on credit


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