finance

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) \

Definition of finance

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

finance

verb
financed; financing

Definition of finance (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : 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

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Synonyms & Antonyms for finance

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Subscribe to CFO Daily, a newsletter on the biggest trends and individuals shaping corporate finance, delivered free to your inbox. Fortune, "The Bill Hwang-Archegos debacle ends Nomura CEO’s ‘remarkable’ turnaround effort," 31 Mar. 2021 And this, remember, is one of the simplest chains in the global network of fossil-fuel finance. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, "The Weekly Planet: Biden’s New Playbook for Greening the Financial System," 30 Mar. 2021 In January, the county was selected to apply to finance flood mitigation projects including the North Tunnel. Ana Faguy, baltimoresun.com, "Planned North Tunnel in Ellicott City will be expanded to 5,000 feet as part of flood mitigation efforts," 25 Mar. 2021 At the time, Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies had just started emerging as a way to decentralize finance by allowing people to send money to one another across the globe without the need for a bank. New York Times, "Coinbase Users Say Crypto Start-Up Ignored Their Pleas for Help," 24 Mar. 2021 Although long hours and unglamorous working conditions aren't uncommon in the cutthroat world of finance — especially among first-year analysts — this report was extreme even by Wall Street standards. Allison Morrow, CNN, "Goldman Sachs CEO responds to analyst survey describing 'inhumane' workplace," 22 Mar. 2021 The opportunity cost to the United States of Mitt Romney’s decision to abandon finance for politics has been massive. James Freeman, WSJ, "When Does California Want a New Governor?," 15 Mar. 2021 For example: The new standards require students to understand the mechanics of how government and democratic societies function and to use economic models to construct an argument and understand personal finance. Erin Golden, Star Tribune, "Minnesota's K-12 social studies review looks to broaden class lessons," 6 Mar. 2021 Caamano has taken economics, sports management and is taking personal finance. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, "Student-athletes in the NHL? Believe it or not, the Dallas Stars have a few," 3 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The federal government and states must do more to help build the power and charging infrastructure, and a carbon tax could help finance that transition. Scott Martelle, Star Tribune, "Welcome, oil and gas lobby, to the carbon-tax table," 26 Mar. 2021 But local leaders say the toll, which would help finance the latest plan to alleviate traffic on Interstate 10, is dissimilar from truck tolls in other states that are being challenged in federal court. al, "Truck toll pitched for new I-10 bridge in Alabama: Is it constitutional?," 22 Mar. 2021 That would cover the city's liability in repaying an unspent portion of the federal grant used to help finance the lakefront loop. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The Couture high-rise's latest delay has been removed. Construction is to begin this spring--but could be as late as July 1.," 19 Mar. 2021 The fees would help finance 192 affordable homes at a nearby site on Howard Street that Hines and its partners own. Roland Li, San Francisco Chronicle, "Salesforce cuts back on S.F. office space, canceling lease at unbuilt Transbay tower," 9 Mar. 2021 In 2016, voters approved Proposition HHH, the sale of $1.2 billion in bonds to help finance thousands of units of housing for homeless and low-income people in Los Angeles. Luis Sinco, Los Angeles Times, "Photos: An unflinching look at homelessness during the pandemic," 8 Mar. 2021 King, the founder and president of the twice-Emmy-winning TBAAL company, said the money will help finance local professional Black performers and promising theater playwrights at historically Black colleges and universities. Dallas News, "What will Dale Hansen say ‘In Conversation’?," 2 Mar. 2021 In turn, more stable local economies also make for better taxpayers that can help finance public services that work for all. Carmen Niethammer, Forbes, "Managing Childcare: The Power Of Family-Friendly And Inclusive Cities," 27 Feb. 2021 Restoring soils that have been battered by decades of fertilizers and herbicide is expensive, so rePlant is offering $250 million to farmers to help finance the transition. Lindsey Mcginnis, The Christian Science Monitor, "Points of Progress: Denmark ends hunt for oil deposits, and more," 8 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of finance

Noun

1739, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1866, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for finance

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

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The first known use of finance was in 1739

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“Finance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/finance. Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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finance

noun

English Language Learners Definition of finance

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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
: money available to a government, business, or person
: matters relating to money and how it is spent or saved

finance

verb

English Language Learners Definition of finance (Entry 2 of 2)

: to provide money for (something or someone)
: to buy (something) by borrowing money that will be paid back over a period of time

finance

noun
fi·​nance | \ fə-ˈnans How to pronounce finance (audio) , ˈfī-ˌnans \

Kids Definition of finance

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

finance

verb
financed; financing

Kids Definition of finance (Entry 2 of 2)

: to provide money for She financed the trip herself.

finance

noun
fi·​nance

Legal Definition of finance

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

transitive verb
financed; financing

Legal Definition of finance (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : 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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