verb (used with object)

to withdraw financial support from, especially as an instrument of legislative control: Many university programs were defunded by the recent government cutbacks.
to deplete the financial resources of: The cost of the lawsuit defunded the company's operating budget.

Nearby words

  1. defs.,
  2. deft,
  3. deftly,
  4. defunct,
  5. defunctive,
  6. defuse,
  7. defusion,
  8. defuze,
  9. defy,
  10. deg

Origin of defund Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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