[ fi-nans, fahy-nans ]
/ fɪˈnæns, ˈfaɪ næns /


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.

verb (used with object), fi·nanced, fi·nanc·ing.

to supply with money or capital; obtain money or credit for.

verb (used without object), fi·nanced, fi·nanc·ing.

to raise money or capital needed for financial operations.

Nearby words

  1. finalist,
  2. finality,
  3. finalize,
  4. finally,
  5. finals,
  6. finance bill,
  7. finance charge,
  8. finance company,
  9. finances,
  10. financial

Origin of finance

1350–1400; Middle English finaunce < Anglo-French, Middle French finance, equivalent to fin(er) to end, settle, pay (see fine2) + -ance -ance

Related forms
Can be confusedaccounting bookkeeping finance Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for finances


/ (fɪˈnæns, ˈfaɪnæns) /


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 for finance

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

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Word Origin and History for finances
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