\ 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 Prominent crypto fund Three Arrows faced at least $400 million in liquidations and scrambled to lower its collateral levels by selling key positions this morning, as reported. Shaurya Malwa, Fortune, 15 June 2022 Still, some county council members, in light of ongoing transportation issues, voted last week to deny the school board’s request for a fund transfer. Sabrina Leboeuf And Lillian Reed, Baltimore Sun, 14 June 2022 Last year, the firm was valued at more than $3 billion during a $400 million fundraise led by Canada's second-largest pension fund Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ). Omkar Godbole, Forbes, 13 June 2022 Health authorities initially relied on the $534 billion state medical insurance fund to cover coronavirus expenses, which should have been ample to cover testing costs. Christian Shepherd, Washington Post, 13 June 2022 The agreement, if passed into law, includes provisions that would increase investments in mental health services and fund school safety resources as well as expand the federal background check system. Oren Oppenheim, ABC News, 12 June 2022 Santee leaders also criticized CalPERS, the state pension fund. San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 June 2022 Drugmakers criticized his efforts and said their pricing helped fund research and new drug development. Melanie Evans, WSJ, 11 June 2022 Conyers pleaded guilty in 2009 to using her position on council and a city pension fund board to solicit bribes from businessmen seeking city contracts or pension deals. Miriam Marini, Detroit Free Press, 10 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Until cannabis is federally legal in the US, Hawthorne Collective's investments in RIV cannot directly fund plant-touching businesses; however, the money could be used for general corporate and other lawful purposes. Alicia Wallace, CNN, 31 May 2022 Aviation-industry officials also argued that the telecom companies, or the Treasury, should fund billions of dollars’ worth of altimeter upgrades to eliminate interference problems from the 5G C-band signals. Peter Elkind, ProPublica, 26 May 2022 That is compounded by a general perception from the public and non-film institutions that the film industry should fund its own heritage. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 25 May 2022 After the Cleveland Clinic pledged $50 million in January, City Council amended the ordinance to allow for ARPA money to fund training for workers on lead safety, said Cleveland City Council President Blaine Griffin. Lucas Daprile, cleveland, 24 May 2022 Philanthropy that stays away from activities that a democratic government should fund is better than philanthropy that tries to replace or redirect government functions. Nicholas Lemann, The New Yorker, 23 May 2022 Not doing so allows terrorism groups to secretly fund their operations and oligarchs to evade taxation, coalition officials said. Khristopher J. Brooks, CBS News, 18 May 2022 Grants are awarded to help businesses fund a specific project that will have a measurable impact on their business, its growth, and profitability. Steve Smith, Hartford Courant, 12 May 2022 Of the $141 million payment, $2.5 million will fund administrative costs, James’s office said, and the rest will go to consumers. Washington Post, 4 May 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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\ 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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