- 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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- 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 pre-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.