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verb (used with object)
  1. Informal. to finance; provide funds for: to bankroll a new play.

Origin of bankroll

First recorded in 1885–90; bank2 + roll
Related formsbank·roll·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for bankrolled

subsidize, finance, currency, stake, back, grubstake, fund, capitalize

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British Dictionary definitions for bankrolled


  1. a roll of currency notes
  2. the financial resources of a person, organization, etc
  1. (tr) slang to provide the capital for; finance
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Word Origin and History for bankrolled



"roll of bank notes," 1887, from bank (n.1) + roll (n.). The verb is attested from 1928. Related: Bankrolled; bankrolling.

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