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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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  • Five pipes, the researchers say, might do the job within five or six years-but so far funding has not materialized.
  • The public deserves better from these organizations which use some taxpayer funding.
  • And yet hardly anyone is funding research into the science.
  • He spoke of federal funding for university and scientific research.
  • Legislators called for him to be fired and threatened to withhold basic funding.
  • When a disease is rare, so is the funding for research to treat and cure it.
  • But such funding is a solid investment in prosperity and health.
  • Because blacks have not shared proportionally in the power structure, it stands to reason that funding has been uneven, too.
  • Yet pockets of deep stress have emerged in funding markets.
  • One of the problems here, though, is the funding model of commercial textbook production.
British Dictionary definitions for funding


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 funding



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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