\ 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)

Other Words from fund


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? See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In England alone, Manchester City has benefited from Abu Dhabi investment since 2008 and Newcastle was bought by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund last year. Rob Harris, ajc, 7 May 2022 That record helped draw the new investors — which also include Binance, the cryptocurrency exchange, and Qatar Holding, a sovereign wealth fund — to the Twitter deal, investors said. New York Times, 5 May 2022 The new investors also include venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, Fidelity, Witkoff Capital and Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund. Clare Duffy, CNN, 5 May 2022 The world’s largest sovereign-wealth fund wants a better explanation and more accountability for recent mishaps at Credit Suisse Group AG. Julie Steinberg, WSJ, 25 Apr. 2022 As the Times reported, the Saudi sovereign wealth fund agreed to funnel at least $2 billion to Kushner’s new firm, Affinity Partners. Casey Michel, The New Republic, 20 Apr. 2022 And as the aforementioned headline indicates, a not insignificant amount of Affinity’s investment capital will be provided by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund. John Tamny, Forbes, 17 Apr. 2022 To fend off allegations that the missive was fraudulent, Musk’s lawyers have stood by their argument that Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund had agreed to support his attempt to take Tesla private. Joel Rosenblatt, Fortune, 16 Apr. 2022 Other guests on the panel included heads of Russia’s top universities, Russia’s justice minister and the chief of the country’s sovereign wealth fund. Washington Post, 7 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The president last week asked Congress for $33 billion more to fund weapons and provide longer-term economic and humanitarian aid to Ukraine. WSJ, 7 May 2022 Through their foundation, the couple has continued to posthumously fund and promote the study of American art in an attempt to encourage interest in both the nation’s creative history and the painter’s work. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 May 2022 Jacobs would like to fully fund and expand Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers, a federal rental assistance program that helps very low-income families, the elderly and the disabled pay a portion of their rent. San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 May 2022 Entrepreneurs and business owners seek business funding and finding those who are willing to take a risk and fund their ventures is like hitting the financial jackpot. Melissa Houston, Forbes, 4 May 2022 Some are even planting orchards and opening avocado packing plants to diversify their revenues and fund their efforts to capture more territory. New York Times, 4 May 2022 November ballot would tax the state’s wealthiest residents and fund public health initiatives. Amy Hubbard, Los Angeles Times, 30 Apr. 2022 President Joe Biden will request Congress fund a new supplemental aid package for Ukraine during remarks from the White House on Thursday morning, two sources familiar with the matter told NBC News. NBC News, 28 Apr. 2022 Hudson plans to have an upcoming meeting to exclusively discuss what the American Rescue Plan money should fund. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 27 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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12 May 2022

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“Fund.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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\ 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


transitive verb

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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