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[fuhnd] /fʌnd/
a supply of money or pecuniary resources, as for some purpose:
a fund for his education; a retirement fund.
supply; stock:
a fund of knowledge; a fund of jewels.
funds, money immediately available; pecuniary resources:
to be momentarily without funds.
an organization created to administer or manage a fund, as of money invested or contributed for some special purpose.
verb (used with object)
to provide a fund to pay the interest or principal of (a debt).
to convert (general outstanding debts) into a more or less permanent debt, represented by interest-bearing bonds.
to allocate or provide funds for (a program, project, etc.).
Origin of fund
1670-80; < Latin fundus bottom, estate; replacing fond2 in most of its meanings
Related forms
nonfunded, adjective
overfund, noun
overfund, verb (used with object)
prefund, verb (used with object)
underfund, verb (used with object)
underfunded, adjective
underfunding, noun
2. store, reservoir, fount, mine, hoard. Unabridged
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  • They subscribed to the campaign fund, but had too delicate a sense of propriety to ask how their money was spent.
  • Now there will be more money to fund the fight against the infidels.
  • Work with a small niche application to gain a foot hold and make money, is a great way to fund further development.
  • He has made money available to fund community-building efforts, and his message to everyone is that these efforts are important.
  • Wealthy factory owners and merchants built grand mansions and helped fund even grander churches.
  • But it has a fund of good sense and direct obvious meaning which compensates for the want of more showy qualities.
  • The charity of well-disposed people, indeed, supplies him with whole fund of his subsistence.
  • In the spoil and humiliation of their own order these individuals would possess a sure fund for the pay of their new followers.
  • He shares our school fund, has the fullest protection of our laws and the friendship of our people.
  • Many hedge fund managers count the technology giant among their top stocks.
British Dictionary definitions for fund


a reserve of money, etc, set aside for a certain purpose
a supply or store of something; stock: it exhausted his fund of wisdom
verb (transitive)
to furnish money to in the form of a fund
to place or store up in a fund
to convert (short-term floating debt) into long-term debt bearing fixed interest and represented by bonds
to provide a fund for the redemption of principal or payment of interest of
to accumulate a fund for the discharge of (a recurrent liability): to fund a pension plan
to invest (money) in government securities See also funds
Derived Forms
funder, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin fundus the bottom, piece of land, estate; compare fond²
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Word Origin and History for fund

1660s, from French fond "a bottom, floor, ground" (12c.), also "a merchant's basic stock or capital," from Latin fundus "bottom, foundation, piece of land," from PIE root *bhudh- "bottom, base" (cf. Sanskrit budhnah, Greek pythmen "foundation, bottom," Old English botm "lowest part;" see bottom (n.)). Funds "money at one's disposal" is from 1728. Fund-raiser (also fundraiser) first attested 1957.


1776, from fund (n.). Related: Funded; funding.

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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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