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fund

[fuhnd]
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noun
  1. a supply of money or pecuniary resources, as for some purpose: a fund for his education; a retirement fund.
  2. supply; stock: a fund of knowledge; a fund of jewels.
  3. funds, money immediately available; pecuniary resources: to be momentarily without funds.
  4. an organization created to administer or manage a fund, as of money invested or contributed for some special purpose.
verb (used with object)
  1. to provide a fund to pay the interest or principal of (a debt).
  2. to convert (general outstanding debts) into a more or less permanent debt, represented by interest-bearing bonds.
  3. 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 formsnon·fund·ed, adjectiveo·ver·fund, nouno·ver·fund, verb (used with object)pre·fund, verb (used with object)un·der·fund, verb (used with object)un·der·fund·ed, adjectiveun·der·fund·ing, noun

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2. store, reservoir, fount, mine, hoard.
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funds

pl n
  1. money that is readily available
  2. British government securities representing national debt

fund

noun
  1. a reserve of money, etc, set aside for a certain purpose
  2. a supply or store of something; stockit exhausted his fund of wisdom
verb (tr)
  1. to furnish money to in the form of a fund
  2. to place or store up in a fund
  3. to convert (short-term floating debt) into long-term debt bearing fixed interest and represented by bonds
  4. to provide a fund for the redemption of principal or payment of interest of
  5. to accumulate a fund for the discharge of (a recurrent liability)to fund a pension plan
  6. to invest (money) in government securitiesSee also funds
Derived Formsfunder, noun

Word Origin

C17: from Latin fundus the bottom, piece of land, estate; compare fond ²
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Word Origin and History for funds

fund

n.

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.

fund

v.

1776, from fund (n.). Related: Funded; funding.

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