\ ˈfənd How to pronounce fund (audio) \

Definition of fund

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : a sum of money or other resources whose principal or interest is set apart for a specific objective
b : money on deposit on which checks or drafts can be drawn usually used in plural
c : capital
d funds plural : the stock of the British national debt usually used with the
2 : an available quantity of material or intangible resources : supply
3 funds plural : available pecuniary resources
4 : an organization administering a special fund


funded; funding; funds

Definition of fund (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1a : to make provision of resources for discharging the interest or principal of
b : to provide funds for a federally funded program
2 : to place in a fund : accumulate
3 : to convert into a debt that is payable either at a distant date or at no definite date and that bears a fixed interest fund a floating debt

Definition of fund (Entry 3 of 3)

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funder \ ˈfən-​dər How to pronounce fund (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for fund

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of fund in a Sentence

Noun The fund was established to aid the poor. All her funds were in a checking account. His funds were getting lower as he continued to look for a job. The comedian had a large fund of jokes. Verb The group funded three new scholarships. Who funds the company pension plan?
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The broad support for the measure has generated political momentum for crafting a more permanent replacement that would help Americans obtain and pay for broadband services once the $3.2 billion fund runs dry. Washington Post, "Millions of low-income Americans to get up to $50 subsidies for their monthly Internet bills under newly finalized U.S. program," 26 Feb. 2021 Demeester said the money for the repairs, if approved by the City Council at Monday’s meeting, would come out of Point Mallard’s enterprise fund. al, "Point Mallard water park opening for 50th season despite COVID," 26 Feb. 2021 His fund-raising savvy re-engaged alumni and built the resources needed to compete in the ACC. Globe Staff,, "For Boston College men’s basketball, the challenge is to become relevant again," 25 Feb. 2021 And there is a hunger among donors in New York City, one of the nation’s political fund-raising capitals, to play a role in this year’s races without being bound by the strict rules governing direct donations to political campaigns. New York Times, "These Groups Are Raising Millions to Sway the N.Y.C. Mayor’s Race," 19 Feb. 2021 Before starting Scribe and an earlier company called Optimizely, Siroker worked on the 2008 Obama campaign, bringing Google-style web analytics to its fund-raising efforts. Steven Levy, Wired, "A New Company Pursues Total Recall—Starting With Zoom," 12 Feb. 2021 Frost's survivors include a wife and a 2-month-old daughter, according to an online fund-raising effort started on the family's behalf. Paul Walsh, Star Tribune, "Authorities ID man who died in single-vehicle crash near Nisswa," 4 Feb. 2021 The Inspiration4 mission will be unveiled to the public during the SuperBowl with a first quarter television commercial calling attention to St. Jude and the fund-raising initiative. William Harwood, CBS News, "SpaceX announces plans for first all-civilian space flight to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital," 2 Feb. 2021 Kershaw now has the power of a World Series behind him, but in-person fund-raising events have been canceled due to the pandemic. Evan Grant, Dallas News, "Kershaw’s Challenge: A World Series champion on the field, Clayton’s true legacy begins with his charitable work off it," 25 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb How about increasing the gas tax to help fund transition to electric vehicles? Star Tribune, "Readers Write: Climate change, America's future, abortion, divorce," 22 Feb. 2021 Taxes on unused real estate and empty lots will not solve the crisis but may incentivize local occupancy (renting out investment properties) or serve to directly fund new housing. Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Should San Diego establish some type of vacancy tax?," 19 Feb. 2021 Ultimately, Congress will have to create and fund new programs to support fossil fuel workers and regions directly, as Anderson said other countries such as Germany and Canada have successfully done. Abby Smith, Washington Examiner, "Biden's promise to fossil fuel workers will require 'enormous amount of work,' union official says," 18 Feb. 2021 The amendment passed 96 to 4, though the government has yet to allocate money to the new programs, which would cost tens of billions to fund fully. New York Times, "The Biden Team Wants to Transform the Economy. Really.," 11 Feb. 2021 Uber has been mostly muted on the fees, but suggested that all drivers, and not just ride-hail services, should face increased fees to adequately fund the transportation system and limit congestion. Adam Vaccaro,, "New fees for Uber, Lyft could raise additional $95 million a year," 15 Jan. 2021 The settlement calls for PG&E to clean up pollution in the East Harbor, commonly known as Gashouse Cove, replace failing docks and to help fund projects to improve public access there and at the West Harbor. Michael Cabanatuan,, "PG&E to pay up to $190 million to settle pollution case with S.F.," 15 Jan. 2021 Hooper predicted that the political fights this year and next will focus on how to fund the economic recovery -- not whether Biden is the legitimate president. Matt Egan, CNN, "Democracy is under attack. And Wall Street is sounding the alarm," 5 Jan. 2021 With the official closure of the NGS in November 2019, the Navajo Nation was instantly staring at a budget shortfall of $30–$50 million, forcing it to partially fund its 2020 budget via its reserve coffers. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "Who Really Loses When America Phases Out Natural Gas?," 5 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of fund


1628, in the meaning defined at sense 2


1764, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for fund


earlier fond, borrowed (with later respelling after Latin fundus) from French fond "bottom, base, foundation," (in plural) "sum of money, capital, resources," going back to Old French funt, font "bottom, base, cultivated ground," going back to Latin fundus — more at bottom entry 1


derivative of fund entry 1

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1 Mar 2021

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“Fund.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of fund

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an amount of money that is used for a special purpose
: available money
: an amount of something that is available for use : a supply of something



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

: to provide money for (something)


\ ˈfənd How to pronounce fund (audio) \

Kids Definition of fund

1 : a sum of money for a special purpose a book fund
2 funds plural : available money I'm out of funds until I get paid.
3 : stock entry 1 sense 1, supply a fund of knowledge



Legal Definition of fund

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a sum of money or other resources whose principal or interest is set aside for a specific objective
client security fund
: a fund established by each state to compensate clients for losses suffered due to their attorneys' misappropriation of funds
common trust fund
: an in-house trust fund established by a bank trust department to pool the assets of many small trusts for greater diversification in investing
executor fund
: a fund established in estate planning to provide for the payment of final expenses by an executor
joint welfare fund
: a fund that is established by collective bargaining to provide health and welfare benefits to employees and that is jointly administered by representatives of labor and management
paid-in fund
: a reserve cash fund in lieu of a capital stock account set up by mutual insurance companies to cover unforeseen losses
sinking fund
: a fund set up and accumulated by regular deposits for paying off the principal on a debt or for other specified purposes (as self-insurance)
strike fund
: a fund accumulated by a union through special assessments or from general funds and used to pay striking workers or for other strike-related activities
Taft-Hartley fund \ ˈtaft-​ˈhärt-​lē-​ \ after the Taft-Hartley Act of 1947, which established it
: joint welfare fund in this entry
trust fund
: property (as money or securities) settled or held in a trust
2 : an organization administering a special fund
exchange-traded fund
: a fund that is similar to an index fund in tracking a stock index but that is traded on the stock market
growth fund
: a mutual fund that invests in the stock of growth companies
hedge fund
: an investing group usually in the form of a limited partnership that employs speculative techniques in the hope of obtaining large capital gains
index fund
: a mutual fund that invests to reflect the composition of the market as a whole by matching its investments to a stock index
mutual fund
: an investment company that invests its shareholders' money in a usually diversified group of securities of other companies
vulture fund
: an investment company that buys up bankrupt or insolvent companies with the goal of reorganizing them so they can be profitably resold as going concerns

Legal Definition of fund (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : to make provision of resources for discharging the principal or interest of
b : to provide financial resources for
2 : to place in a fund
3 : to convert into a debt that is payable either at a distant date or at no definite date and that bears a fixed interest

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