- to withdraw financial support from, especially as an instrument of legislative control: Many university programs were defunded by the recent government cutbacks.
- to deplete the financial resources of: The cost of the lawsuit defunded the company's operating budget.
Origin of defund
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Examples from the Web for defund
A companion bill slated for a vote to defund DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) was shelved.Pelosi to Boehner: I Quashed Impeachment, and So Can You
August 1, 2014
Despite a threatened amendment to defund Obamacare from Ted Cruz, the Senate overwhelmingly approved the omnibus budget Thursday.Senate Passes Omnibus Budget
January 16, 2014
“You know, they pushed us into this fight to defund Obamacare and shut down the government,” he said.The Deal Has Passed, But Don’t Hold Your Breath for Bipartisanship
December 13, 2013
A group of senators sought to defund the Vietnam War, but that group was bipartisan.The GOP’s Moral Failures
October 21, 2013
Other Republicans were more optimstic that they could defund Obamacare.House Republicans Throw In the Towel
October 16, 2013