self-fi·​nance ˌself-fə-ˈnan(t)s How to pronounce self-finance (audio)
self-financed; self-financing; self-finances
transitive : to raise or provide funds or capital for (something) oneself : to finance (something) oneself
Sherzan self-financed much of his primary campaign, putting in more than $640,000 of his own money.Kathie Obradovich
intransitive : to furnish or provide oneself with necessary funds or capital
They lack the resources to self-finance until they have built a big enough operation.Patrick Kennedy

Examples of self-finance in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Segura wrote, self-financed and produced the pilot before selling it to Netflix, which is producing the full series later this year and releasing it in 2025. Selome Hailu, Variety, 10 Apr. 2024 Its founder Will Dean, a former British counter-terrorism officer, was forced to self-finance the obstacle course after investors couldn’t wrap their heads around why anyone would pay to go through such torture. Orianna Rosa Royle, Fortune Europe, 24 Mar. 2024 Swift and her team self-financed the $15 million film, which has been playing in theaters from Thursday to Sunday for seven weekends. Pamela McClintock, The Hollywood Reporter, 27 Nov. 2023 Earlier this year, the company launched a production arm to self-finance, package and produce film and TV projects. Todd Longwell, Variety, 25 Oct. 2023 The terms are incredibly favorable for Swift, reports have said, who self-financed the project and will take more than half of box receipts. Matt Donnelly, Variety, 30 Sep. 2023 Harrison, along with fellow Heads David Byrne, Tina Weymouth, and Chris Frantz, had self-financed and produced the film under the banner of Talking Heads Pictures. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 27 Sep. 2023 Bigger businesses could find ways around these ceilings, or simply self-finance their projects; smaller ones and entrepreneurs were stuck. Matthew Heimer, Fortune, 27 Sep. 2023 Talk to me about the decision to self-finance, produce and then license the special. Lacey Rose, The Hollywood Reporter, 25 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1928, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of self-finance was in 1928

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“Self-finance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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