- the management of revenues; the conduct or transaction of money matters generally, especially those affecting the public, as in the fields of banking and investment.
- finances, the monetary resources, as of a government, company, organization, or individual; revenue.
- to supply with money or capital; obtain money or credit for.
- to raise money or capital needed for financial operations.
Origin of finance
Examples from the Web for finance
Pan American Airways thought enough of the destination to finance one of the hotel-casinos just off the Malecon.Will Hyman Roth Return to Havana With Normalized Relations?
John L. Smith
December 18, 2014
Now, if some rich Southern liberals want to finance and coordinate such an effort, great.Seriously, Democrats: You’re Done in Dixie
December 10, 2014
The city became a Mecca for hordes of hipsters and creative types as well as young people seeking their fortune in finance.Eric Garner Was Just a Number to Them
December 5, 2014
Is it because you have a great understanding of finance and the banking systems?Vilified Bitcoin Tycoon After Losing $500 Million: My Life Is at Risk
September 17, 2014
Bosnic has admitted to trying to recruit converted Italian Muslims to fight with and finance ISIS.Italy Steps Up Security Over Alleged ISIS Plot to Kill The Pope
Barbie Latza Nadeau
August 28, 2014
On the contrary, he speedily inaugurated a new and brilliant era in finance.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
He has a head for finance, your brother, and is quick in his calculations.Roden's Corner
Henry Seton Merriman
A similar exaggerated view prevails as to the power of finance.
Finance, instead of avoiding publicity in all of its aspects, should welcome it and seek it.
There are a number of causes and for some of them finance cannot be absolved from responsibility.
- the system of money, credit, etc, esp with respect to government revenues and expenditures
- funds or the provision of funds
- (plural) funds; financial condition
- (tr) to provide or obtain funds, capital, or credit for
- (intr) to manage or secure financial resources
Word Origin and History for finance
c.1400, "an end, settlement, retribution," from Middle French finance "ending, settlement of a debt" (13c.), noun of action from finer "to end, settle a dispute or debt," from fin (see fine (n.)). Cf. Medieval Latin finis "a payment in settlement, fine or tax."
The notion is of "ending" (by satisfying) something that is due (cf. Greek telos "end;" plural tele "services due, dues exacted by the state, financial means"). The French senses gradually were brought into English: "ransom" (mid-15c.), "taxation" (late 15c.); the sense of "management of money" first recorded in English 1770.
late 15c., "to ransom;" see finance (n.). Sense of "to manage money" is recorded from 1827; that of "to furnish with money" is from 1866. Related: Financed; financing.