finance

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noun

fi·​nance fə-ˈnan(t)s How to pronounce finance (audio)
ˈfī-ˌnan(t)s,
fī-ˈnan(t)s How to pronounce finance (audio)
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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 unavailableF. D. Roosevelt

finance

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verb

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

Noun She's taking a course on personal finance. an expert in finance who predicts global economic disaster The library closed due to a lack of finances. Verb His parents financed his college education. The study was financed by a government grant. They financed him to study abroad. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Obviously, refraining from discussing one’s finances is the opposite of lording it over people who have less money than you. Jacobina Martin, Washington Post, 20 Feb. 2024 As regulatory hurdles are gradually overcome and institutional adoption rises, bitcoin's role in reshaping finance becomes increasingly evident. Susie Violet Ward, Forbes, 20 Feb. 2024 Liz Weston, Certified Financial Planner, is a personal finance columnist for the Los Angeles Times and NerdWallet. Liz Weston, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Feb. 2024 Learn how to take control of your personal finances with Get Your Due, our six-week email bootcamp. Byalicia Adamczyk, Fortune, 17 Feb. 2024 The expert said to monitor daily responsibilities such as hygiene, finances, academics and even basic social skills such as listening and communication. Angelica Stabile, Fox News, 17 Feb. 2024 In a harrowing essay for The Cut, freelance finance writer Charlotte Cowles details how she was manipulated into putting $50,000 in a shoebox and handing it to a stranger in a white Mercedes on the instructions of someone who claimed to be a CIA agent. Andrew Couts, WIRED, 17 Feb. 2024 On Friday, the judge overseeing Trump's civil fraud case appointed an additional monitor to oversee the Trump Organization's finances, finding they could not be trusted to follow the law. Jake Offenhartz, Quartz, 17 Feb. 2024 Sales, production and finance outfit Protagonist Pictures has beefed up its marketing and sales divisions with a slew of promotions and new hires. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 8 Feb. 2024
Verb
Successive governments papered over underlying structural problems by enacting generous social and industrial policies financed by excessive borrowing. Barry Eichengreen, Foreign Affairs, 20 Feb. 2024 Haiti still does not know who inside the country may have helped finance the coup. Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald, 19 Feb. 2024 Throughout his life, he was dedicated to the church and to others — donating to charities, helping to finance the original St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan and risking his life during epidemics to tend to the ill. Elizabeth Stone, New York Times, 18 Feb. 2024 The special education assistant is being promoted in a mailer financed by the New San Diego committee, which supports the re-election of Mayor Todd Gloria. Michael Smolens, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Feb. 2024 Krystal adds that through the show, viewers can learn about alternative ways to finance a property. Elizabeth Ayoola, Essence, 7 Feb. 2024 In 2007, the county sold off future settlement revenue to finance seismic compliance projects for the Santa Clara Valley Healthcare system starting Jan. 1, 2026 and running through 2046, though it could be extended to 2056. Grace Hase, The Mercury News, 6 Feb. 2024 While policymakers and car industry representatives at the VDA event agreed that charging was key to reigniting interest in EVs, none wanted to say who should finance such an infrastructure expansion — or how. Christoph Rauwald, Fortune Europe, 3 Feb. 2024 From the earliest days of the war in Syria, which has killed upwards of half a million people, senior U.N. officials knew the regime was diverting or confiscating enormous amounts of humanitarian aid to finance its war effort. David Adesnik, National Review, 2 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

borrowed from French finances, going back to Middle French, "monetary resources, revenue," in singular, "money, resource," from finer "to pay by way of settlement, make a payment" (derivative of fin "final agreement, payment, fine entry 3") + -ance -ance

Note: In the current senses, finance is borrowed directly from French, though the word existed in English with early senses going back to medieval French; cf. Middle English fynaunce "ending, outcome, monetary payment, ransom," borrowed from Anglo-French in these senses.

Verb

derivative of finance entry 1

First Known Use

Noun

1656, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1783, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

Time Traveler
The first known use of finance was in 1656

Dictionary Entries Near finance

Cite this Entry

“Finance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/finance. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

finance

1 of 2 noun
fi·​nance fə-ˈnan(t)s How to pronounce finance (audio) ˈfī-ˌnan(t)s How to pronounce finance (audio)
fī-ˈnan(t)s
1
plural : resources (as money) available to a government, person, group, or business
2
: the obtaining or providing of funds or capital
3
: the system that includes the circulation of money, the providing of banks and credit, and the making of investments
financial
fə-ˈnan-chəl
fī-
adjective
financially
-ˈnanch-(ə-)lē
adverb

finance

2 of 2 verb
financed; financing
: to provide money for
finance a trip

Legal Definition

finance

1 of 2 noun
fi·​nance
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

finance

2 of 2 transitive verb
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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