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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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Examples from the web for funds
  • It said the funds made an annual return of eighty-eight per cent, which means they almost doubled their money every year.
  • Among money-market mutual funds, which invest in short-term debt and other instruments, it is the other way round.
  • Second, healthcare venture funds that survived the crash had full portfolios of companies burning cash at alarming rates.
  • US zoos are beginning to direct larger portions of their panda funds to conserving the animals in the wild.
  • The laws, however, contain no provisions for extra personnel or funds.
  • He then gave him the desired sum from his private funds.
  • funds generated would mainly go towards conservation programs such as reforestation and forest monitoring.
  • Going forward, zoos must actually put funds and manpower into both research and saving habitat in the wild all over the world.
  • These auctions help local volunteer fire companies raise much needed funds.
  • Scanning and matching the rocks' magnetic signatures, which require more funds to complete, are the crucial complement.
British Dictionary definitions for funds


plural noun
money that is readily available
British government securities representing national debt


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 funds



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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