- 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.
- 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
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Examples from the Web for funding
The user fee on duck stamps goes exclusively to funding federal acquisition of wetlands as wildlife habitat.Nazis, Sunscreen, and Sea Gull Eggs: Congress in 2014 Was Hella Productive
December 29, 2014
Among other things, the bill appropriates $1.1 trillion in funding—including over $550 billion for the Department of Defense.Merry Christmas, Defense Contractors!
Veronique de Rugy
December 22, 2014
Of course, the reason such waiting lists exist is that funding everyone would be a financial burden states could not bear.Medicaid Will Give You Money for At-Home Care, but You Might Wait Years
December 2, 2014
Billionaires benefit as the money “saved” by not funding schools goes to tax breaks for the rich.
First, the starvation: The state of New York is being sued again for funding public schools below constitutional levels.
On the 18th the plan was adopted for funding the public debts.
But why, Mr. Chairman, should we hasten on this business of funding?Abridgment of the Debates of Congress, from 1789 to 1856, Vol. I (of 16)
Thomas Hart Benton
We may gather all the roses of the funding system without its thorns.The Life of Albert Gallatin
Hamilton's funding system was a scheme to corrupt the country.
For himself, he upheld the funding system, that is, the plan of shelving the debt upon the future.William Pitt and the Great War
John Holland Rose
- a reserve of money, etc, set aside for a certain purpose
- a supply or store of something; stockit exhausted his fund of wisdom
- 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 securitiesSee also funds
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.