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: 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 The London branch also temporarily halted taking on new high-risk customers and suspended all new trade finance business activities. Donal Griffin, Bloomberg.com, "Commerzbank Fined $47 Million for Anti-Money-Laundering Failures," 21 June 2020 Blair Brandt, the Trump Florida finance co-chair, said that Republicans are eager to support in part because of the current news environment. Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner, "Boom: $27.2M May haul for GOP, with Trump campaign raising more than $810M," 20 June 2020 The Southern District has also prosecuted a number of Trump associates, including President Trump’s former personal lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen, who served a prison sentence for lying to Congress and campaign finance crimes. Michael Balsamo And Larry Neumeister, The Christian Science Monitor, "Top Manhattan prosecutor leaves job after standoff with Barr," 20 June 2020 The Southern District has prosecuted a number of Trump associates, including the president's former personal lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen, who served a prison sentence for lying to Congress and campaign finance crimes. Fox News, "Graham says he won't advance Trump nominee for SDNY prosecutor without Schumer, Gillibrand consent," 20 June 2020 The office has also prosecuted a number of Trump associates, including Trump’s former personal lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen, who served a prison sentence for lying to Congress and campaign finance crimes. Time, "As Justice Department Claims U.S. Attorney Investigating Trump Allies Is 'Stepping Down,' Attorney Refuses to Leave His Post," 20 June 2020 In finance, though the dollar still dominates, the yuan is poised to gain ground. The Economist, "The new world disorder Global leadership is missing in action," 18 June 2020 Her long-term goal is to earn a four-year degree in finance and become a real estate agent and real estate investor. Carol Kovach, cleveland, "LakewoodAlive plans Birdtown Picnic To-Go for June 27: A Place in the Sun," 15 June 2020 Roa was also a two-time member of the SEC Community Service Team and has a 3.577 grade-point average at A&M, majoring in finance. Jack Marrion, Houston Chronicle, "Episcopal, St. Thomas athletes among top 100 football recruits," 15 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Enviva is privately selling $200 million in ownership units in its limited partnership to finance part of the acquisitions. Washington Post, "Southeast Georgia pellet plant sold to new owner for $175M," 22 June 2020 Simon started a GoFundMe campaign to finance a new van for Brown Girls Climbing that has raised over $38,000 from over 450 donors — surpassing its $30,000 in an outpouring of donations this week. Brett Simpson, SFChronicle.com, "‘Black Climbers Matter’: A video about racial slurs in Berkeley spurs community response," 19 June 2020 The pandemic hit when competition between America and China, the world’s dominant and emerging superpowers, was already intense, stretching from trade and technology to finance and regional dominance in Asia. The Economist, "Power plays Who runs the world?," 18 June 2020 Currently, there is no option to finance the Apple Watch. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "Attention Apple Card users: You can finance more new Apple devices interest-free," 17 June 2020 Since his recovery, Jorge has helped the clinic finance its research. Omar Sanchez, EW.com, "Euphoria star Jacob Elordi and Tiera Skovbye find love in 2 Hearts trailer," 16 June 2020 The cost to finance a new short position was 131%, with the real-time spot borrow rate at 159%. Kristine Owram, Bloomberg.com, "Tilray Lockup Set to Expire With Shares Double Offer Price," 15 June 2020 So while calls to defund the police may fall on deaf ears, how state and local governments finance law enforcement, the courts and corrections is up for scrutiny in Florida. Washington Examiner, "Calls to defund police could spark Florida's criminal justice reform effort," 10 June 2020 The obvious conclusion is that more expensive productions could hurt independent production companies who already struggle to finance film and TV shoots. Adam Epstein, Quartz, "Hollywood is getting back to work with new protocols that could change what we see on screen," 8 June 2020

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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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Cite this Entry

“Finance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/finance. Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for finance

finance

noun
How to pronounce finance (audio) How to pronounce finance (audio)

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
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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