- 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 funds
Moreover, the crippling restrictions resulted in the North partially shutting down weapons programs for lack of funds.U.S. Should Make North Korea Pay for Sony Hack
Gordon G. Chang
December 18, 2014
To put things into perspective, BH Global Aviation is just one of at least three such Bush-driven funds.Bush, Christie, Romney: Who’ll Be the GOP Class Warrior?
December 15, 2014
When you are safely out, you give your password to the smuggler who calls it in to the broker to release the funds.Inside the Smuggling Networks Flooding Europe with Refugees
Barbie Latza Nadeau
December 15, 2014
Surenos are told when to workout, who to associate with and how to distribute any funds they make from illegal activity.The Mexican Mafia Is the Daddy of All Street Gangs
December 11, 2014
In 2008, his monastery was in desperate need of funds and Vreeland decided to lend a hand with his first photography exhibition.From Fashion Player to Photographer Monk
December 3, 2014
In Freedom's name, I send herewith a contribution to the funds of your society.Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
It was, indeed, a desperate expedient for raising the funds.
The funds so realized go into the coffers of the Church, which is fit and proper.The Life of Cesare Borgia
I only ask that we should take counsel together so as to prevent the failure of your funds.Cyropaedia
And of course it was at the minute I was asked to account for the funds I had.The Prisoner
- 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; 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 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.