[ fi-nans, fahy-nans ]
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  1. 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.

  2. finances, the monetary resources, as of a government, company, organization, or individual; revenue.

verb (used with object),fi·nanced, fi·nanc·ing.
  1. to supply with money or capital; obtain money or credit for.

verb (used without object),fi·nanced, fi·nanc·ing.
  1. to raise money or capital needed for financial operations.

Origin of finance

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English finaunce, from Anglo-French, Middle French finance, from fin(er) “to end, settle, pay” (see fine2) + -ance -ance

Other words from finance

  • fi·nance·a·ble, adjective
  • pre·fi·nance, verb (used with object), pre·fi·nanced, pre·fi·nanc·ing.
  • self-fi·nance, verb (used with object), self·-fi·nanced, self·-fi·nanc·ing.
  • su·per·fi·nance, noun, verb, su·per·fi·nanced, su·per·fi·nanc·ing.
  • un·der·fi·nance, verb (used with object), un·der·fi·nanced, un·der·fi·nanc·ing.
  • un·fi·nanced, adjective
  • well-fi·nanced, adjective

Words that may be confused with finance

Words Nearby finance Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use finance in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for finance


/ (fɪˈnæns, ˈfaɪnæns) /

  1. the system of money, credit, etc, esp with respect to government revenues and expenditures

  2. funds or the provision of funds

  1. (plural) funds; financial condition

  1. (tr) to provide or obtain funds, capital, or credit for

  2. (intr) to manage or secure financial resources

Origin of finance

C14: from Old French, from finer to end, settle by payment

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