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[fi-nans, fahy-nans] /fɪˈnæns, ˈfaɪ næns/
the management of revenues; the conduct or transaction of money matters generally, especially those affecting the public, as in the fields of banking and investment.
finances, the monetary resources, as of a government, company, organization, or individual; revenue.
verb (used with object), financed, financing.
to supply with money or capital; obtain money or credit for.
verb (used without object), financed, financing.
to raise money or capital needed for financial operations.
Origin of finance
1350-1400; Middle English finaunce < Anglo-French, Middle French finance, equivalent to fin(er) to end, settle, pay (see fine2) + -ance -ance
Related forms
financeable, adjective
prefinance, verb (used with object), prefinanced, prefinancing.
self-finance, verb (used with object), self-financed, self-financing.
superfinance, noun, verb, superfinanced, superfinancing.
underfinance, verb (used with object), underfinanced, underfinancing.
unfinanced, adjective
well-financed, adjective
Can be confused
accounting, bookkeeping, finance. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • He and his friend, Jack Robertson, were financed in a project to collect moving-picture scenes of the Northland.

  • Some of the businesses he financed were on the border line of respectability.

    Jack O' Judgment Edgar Wallace
  • What I dont like is that while his business is financed by some of us hes lending money out of his share of the profits to others.

    The Exiles of Faloo Barry Pain
  • Like all frontiers, this one was financed on borrowed money.

    The New Nation Frederic L. Paxson
  • I never know what to say when asked by school men how Hollins was financed in the old days.

    Charles Lewis Cocke William Robert Lee Smith
British Dictionary definitions for financed


/fɪˈnæns; ˈfaɪnæns/
the system of money, credit, etc, esp with respect to government revenues and expenditures
funds or the provision of funds
(pl) funds; financial condition
(transitive) to provide or obtain funds, capital, or credit for
(intransitive) to manage or secure financial resources
Word Origin
C14: from Old French, from finer to end, settle by payment
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Word Origin and History for financed



c.1400, "an end, settlement, retribution," from Middle French finance "ending, settlement of a debt" (13c.), noun of action from finer "to end, settle a dispute or debt," from fin (see fine (n.)). Cf. Medieval Latin finis "a payment in settlement, fine or tax."

The notion is of "ending" (by satisfying) something that is due (cf. Greek telos "end;" plural tele "services due, dues exacted by the state, financial means"). The French senses gradually were brought into English: "ransom" (mid-15c.), "taxation" (late 15c.); the sense of "management of money" first recorded in English 1770.


late 15c., "to ransom;" see finance (n.). Sense of "to manage money" is recorded from 1827; that of "to furnish with money" is from 1866. Related: Financed; financing.

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