fund

noun
\ 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
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

fund

verb
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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Verb

funder \ ˈfən-​dər How to pronounce funder (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 city also must establish a $150,000 settlement fund to compensate other service members whose rights may have been violated. Liz Hardaway, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio settles case after wrongly auctioning off two active-duty service members’ vehicles," 5 Sep. 2020 Over the past five months, the Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority has withdrawn about $4.9 million from a reserve fund to cover debt payments on bonds issued to renovate the center. Heather Gillers, WSJ, "Risk Creeps Into Municipal Bond Market, Yet Prices Stay High," 4 Sep. 2020 Grasso said the idea would create a dedicated tax fund to pay for several things. Jesse Wright, chicagotribune.com, "Burr Ridge leaders consider sales tax hike to pay for business development district," 4 Sep. 2020 The city can also use a little more than $771,000 from a parking district fund toward this year’s bill. Teri Figueroa, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Plan would give San Diego police sole access to Smart Streetlight cameras," 4 Sep. 2020 The $150 billion that states and local governments received from a fund in the CARES Act, for example, covers only expenses made through the end of the year, said Gretchen Musicant, health commissioner in Minneapolis. Author: Liz Szabo, Anchorage Daily News, "Health officials worry that the US isn’t ready for a COVID-19 vaccine," 3 Sep. 2020 The $150 billion that states and local governments received from a fund in the CARES Act, for example, covers only expenses made through the end of the year, said Gretchen Musicant, health commissioner in Minneapolis. Liz Szabo, Star Tribune, "Health officials worry nation not ready for COVID-19 vaccine," 2 Sep. 2020 The $150 billion that states and local governments received from a fund in the CARES Act, for example, covers only expenses made through the end of the year, said Gretchen Musicant, health commissioner in Minneapolis. Arkansas Online, "Health officials worry nation not ready for covid-19 vaccine," 2 Sep. 2020 The $150 billion that states and local governments received from a fund in the CARES Act, for example, covers only expenses made through the end of the year, said Gretchen Musicant, health commissioner in Minneapolis. Liz Szabo, USA TODAY, "As Americans await a COVID-19 vaccine, health officials worry the US isn't ready for one," 2 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Holvey also previously attempted to introduce a new severance tax that would fund the state’s wildfire response. oregonlive, "Oregon Gov. Kate Brown calls for audit after our reporting on a state institute that lobbied for the timber industry," 2 Sep. 2020 Beyond the initial investment, town taxpayers would not fund the charter school’s ongoing operations, town officials said at the time. Jesse Leavenworth, courant.com, "Push to involve Manchester redevelopment agency the latest in rejected plans to revive long-dormant school building," 2 Sep. 2020 Holvey also previously attempted to introduce a new severance tax that would fund the state’s wildfire response. The Cutting, ProPublica, "Oregon Gov. Kate Brown Calls for Audit After Our Reporting on a State Institute That Lobbied for the Timber Industry," 2 Sep. 2020 Trump’s order specifically targets the 6.2% tax that employers deduct from their workers’ wages so that the government can fund Social Security. Author: Tony Romm, Eric Yoder, Anchorage Daily News, "Federal workers will have taxes deferred under Trump order, sparking outcry they’re being treated as a ‘guinea pig’," 1 Sep. 2020 To economize after voters rejected a $166 million referendum in November 2018, the school board pared down the list of projects the referendum on the April 2019 ballot would fund to total $139.8 million, which voters approved. Kimberly Fornek, chicagotribune.com, "Low interest rates allow Hinsdale District 86 to increase their referendum’s buying power," 31 Aug. 2020 Under the terms, LCMC will kick in $90 million which, when combined with remaining EJGH reserves, will be used to pay off the hospital's debt and fully fund its pension obligations. Faimon Roberts, NOLA.com, "Gerald Parton, who helped guide East Jefferson General Hospital's sale to LCMC Health, to retire at end of year," 28 Aug. 2020 For the duration of his Senate career, Biden supported the Hyde amendment, which ensures — well, is supposed to ensure — that federal dollars don’t fund abortions. Isaac Schorr, National Review, "How Pro-Lifers Should See Political Power," 27 Aug. 2020 Asked why Essentia can't fund this on its own, leaders said there's a national interest in medical preparedness. Editorial Board Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Essentia Health rolls out a commendable plan to boost ICU capacity," 22 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of fund

Noun

1628, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Verb

1764, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for fund

Noun

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

Verb

derivative of fund entry 1

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8 Sep 2020

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“Fund.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fund. Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for fund

fund

noun
How to pronounce fund (audio)

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

fund

verb

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

: to provide money for (something)

fund

noun
\ 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

fund

noun

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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