\ 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 That's because those banks used their own balance sheets to credit the money into customer accounts rather than waiting for the official fund settlement date of March 17, which was set by the IRS. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "Still don't have a stimulus check? Here's how to track yours.," 3 Apr. 2021 In recent months, fund investors have been plowing loads of cash into funds focused on Japanese stocks. Simon Constable, WSJ, "Japanese Stocks Are Back on U.S. Investors’ Radar," 3 Apr. 2021 Lee is credited with leading the fund drive to open the YMCA familiar to today’s Sistrunk community. Rod Stafford Hagwood,, "Get a sneak peek at the new game-changing YMCA on Sistrunk Boulevard," 2 Apr. 2021 Proceeds will benefit the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo scholarship fund established by Mitchelson and Trabue. Washington Post, "Two new wine clubs give diversity and inclusion the same attention as what’s in the bottle," 2 Apr. 2021 At its meeting Tuesday, the Bexar County Commissioners Court is expected to authorize county staff to firm up specifics on awarding a $50,000 county innovation fund grant to SafeRide. Randy Diamond, San Antonio Express-News, "California medical transportation company creating 100 jobs in San Antonio," 2 Apr. 2021 But even if a prime broker does suffer some losses owing to a hedge fund’s actions, an individual fund is highly unlikely to do life-threatening damage to a large investment bank. Erik Sverdrup, Fortune, "Archegos is a mess—but it’s not going to tank the financial system," 1 Apr. 2021 The article also misstated the amount of federal relief money available through the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant fund. New York Times, "Corrections: April 2, 2021," 1 Apr. 2021 Roseberry noted the money will come from the district’s permanent improvement fund. Ed Wittenberg, cleveland, "Orange Schools’ extended learning plan offers ‘recovery instruction’ for students," 31 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But that doesn't mean that just anyone is going to provide capital, or that founders should necessarily take a bunch of money even if someone does want to fund them. Cheryl Wischhover, Allure, "How to Get a Million-Dollar Check For Your Beauty Business," 3 Apr. 2021 The full proposal will face political headwinds from Republicans, who say only part of the funding goes to infrastructure and criticize the tax increase needed to fund it. al, "Biden infrastructure plan includes $5 billion to prevent gun violence," 1 Apr. 2021 President Biden unveiled his $2.3 trillion infrastructure proposal on Wednesday, planning to fund it mostly via huge corporate tax increases, with the rest apparently from more federal borrowing. Robert Poole, WSJ, "Build Infrastructure With Private Cash," 31 Mar. 2021 In recent years, Congress has tried and failed to adopt a major infrastructure bill largely because there is no consensus on how to fund it. Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press, "Biden: $2 trillion needed to fix roads, fund electric cars, replace all lead pipes in US," 31 Mar. 2021 Biden terminated the declaration of a February 2019 national emergency Trump used to fund it and ordered construction to stop, according to the proclamation on file with the Federal Register. Rick Rouan, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Texas' 'Operation Lone Star' isn't finishing border wall construction," 25 Mar. 2021 The entire project is expected to cost about $80 million and no agreement had been reached on how to fund it. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Unemployment call center to be open around the clock by fall after technology upgrade," 18 Mar. 2021 To fund it, Esperanza received $1.5 million from the Westside Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone and will raise the balance through grants, foundations and donors. Elaine Ayala, San Antonio Express-News, "Ayala: In a corner of San Antonio's West Side, a proud history is being reclaimed," 13 Mar. 2021 One way for many airports around the world to fund themselves is with direct user taxes. Ben Baldanza, Forbes, "Tone-Deaf Heathrow Airport “Pandemic Tax” Will Further Stifle Travel," 2 Mar. 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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“Fund.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Apr. 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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