finance

noun
fi路​nance | \ f蓹-藞nan(t)s How to pronounce finance (audio) , 藞f墨-藢nan(t)s, f墨-藞nan(t)s How to pronounce finance (audio) \

Definition of finance

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 finances plural : money or other liquid resources of a government, business, group, or individual The library closed due to a lack of finances.
2 : the system that includes the circulation of money, the granting of credit, the making of investments, and the provision of banking facilities
3 : the science or study of the management of funds An expert in finance predicts a global recession.
4 : the obtaining of funds or capital : financing business expansion for which finance would otherwise be unavailable— F. D. Roosevelt

finance

verb
financed; financing

Definition of finance (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to raise or provide funds or capital for finance a new house
b : to furnish with necessary funds finance a son through college
2 : to sell something to on credit

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Synonyms & Antonyms for finance

Synonyms: Verb

bankroll, capitalize, endow, fund, stake, subsidize, underwrite

Antonyms: Verb

defund

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Examples of finance in a Sentence

Noun

She's taking a course on personal finance. an expert in finance who predicts global economic disaster The library closed due to a lack of finances.

Verb

His parents financed his college education. The study was financed by a government grant. They financed him to study abroad.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Most of Uber鈥檚 Dallas employees will work in finance, human resources and sales, Miller said. Melissa Repko, chicagotribune.com, "Uber makes it official: It will set up major hub in downtown Dallas by end of year," 27 Aug. 2019 Women in finance are 20% more likely to be fired following financial misconduct. Reshma Saujani, Fortune, "Girls Who Code CEO: Men Need to Be Brave in the Service of Women," 20 Aug. 2019 The father of two received a bachelor鈥檚 degree and, later, his MBA in finance from the University of Toledo. Greg Burnett, cleveland.com, "鈥楾he Real Black Friday鈥 brings needed assistance to the urban business community," 16 Aug. 2019 Major players in finance take the possibility of Amazon, and other big tech companies, entering the industry very seriously. Clare Duffy, CNN, "How Jeff Bezos changed the world," 16 Aug. 2019 But Beijing has extended punishment for U.S. companies by delaying customs clearance for their goods and delaying issuing licenses in finance and other fields. CBS News, "Stocks whipsaw amid recession fears and China's retaliation threat," 15 Aug. 2019 My mom stayed at home to help raise the family, and my dad worked really hard in finance to provide for us all. Katie Bain, Billboard, "20 Questions With Illenium: The Producer Discusses His Success, Sadboi Status & New Album 'Ascend'," 15 Aug. 2019 During his yearlong recovery, Winnegan graduated in December with a degree in finance and partnered with a friend from high school to begin developing a social media app. Greg Luca, ExpressNews.com, "UTSA鈥檚 Winnegan returning from injury at new position," 13 Aug. 2019 Epstein's career in finance started at Bear Stearns, the investment banking firm that hired him away from his job teaching math at the tony Dalton School. Author: Marc Fisher, Jonathan O'connell, Anchorage Daily News, "For 30 years, prosecutors and victims tried to hold Jeffrey Epstein to account. At every turn, he slipped away.," 10 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The project will be financed by the government as well as through private-public partnerships. Arys Aditya And Tassia Sipahutar / Bloomberg, Time, "Indonesia Plans to Move Its Capital to the Island of Borneo," 26 Aug. 2019 Jian sees the future of education being financed, in part, by schools and investors willing to share students鈥 financial risk by betting on prospects after graduation. Michael J. Coren, Quartz, "Startups want to turn your tuition into the next asset class. What could go wrong?," 22 Aug. 2019 Sony would finance the movies, allowing it to retain the film rights to Spider-Man while getting the creative talents of Feige and his Marvel team to reboot the character after the diminishing returns of the Andrew Garfield iteration. Dan Reilly, Fortune, "Spider-Man Far From the MCU, As Sony-Disney Deal Flounders," 21 Aug. 2019 The repairs have been financed in part by a grant from the County of San Diego and through a fundraising campaign. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Local Sierra Club marks environmental milestones," 21 Aug. 2019 In turn, Beijing will finance $2 billion worth of infrastructure projects that include rails, roads and bridge networks. Alfred Oteng-yeboah, Quartz Africa, "Ghana鈥檚 pact with China for bauxite mining threatens to ravage a biodiverse forest," 21 Aug. 2019 In this new era, television producers, and the advertisers that drove and financed their shows, understood that TV could not only reflect reality, but also shape it. Joanna Scutts, Curbed, "The shows we鈥檝e lived by," 14 Aug. 2019 Pop is not in a position to finance a big campaign. Scott Feinberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "Emmys: Weighing the Odds in the Lead Comedy and Drama Actress Races," 8 Aug. 2019 Gun buybacks are financed by taxpayer dollars and are generally paid for by local agencies rather than through state or federal funding. Lacey Wallace, The Conversation, "Could a national gun buyback program reduce the 393 million guns on America鈥檚 streets?," 4 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of finance

Noun

1739, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1866, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for finance

Noun

borrowed from French finances, going back to Middle French, "monetary resources, revenue," in singular, "money, resource," from finer "to pay by way of settlement, make a payment" (derivative of fin "final agreement, payment, fine entry 1") + -ance -ance

Note: In the current senses, finance is borrowed directly from French, though the word existed in English with early senses going back to medieval French; cf. Middle English fynaunce "ending, outcome, monetary payment, ransom," borrowed from Anglo-French in these senses.

Verb

derivative of finance entry 1

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finance

noun

English Language Learners Definition of finance

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the way in which money is used and handled especially : the way in which large amounts of money are used and handled by governments and companies
: money available to a government, business, or person
: matters relating to money and how it is spent or saved

finance

verb

English Language Learners Definition of finance (Entry 2 of 2)

: to provide money for (something or someone)
: to buy (something) by borrowing money that will be paid back over a period of time

finance

noun
fi路​nance | \ f蓹-藞nans How to pronounce finance (audio) , 藞f墨-藢nans\

Kids Definition of finance

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 finances plural : money available to a government, business, or individual
2 : the system that includes the circulation of money, the providing of banks and credit, and the making of investments

finance

verb
financed; financing

Kids Definition of finance (Entry 2 of 2)

: to provide money for She financed the trip herself.

finance

noun
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Legal Definition of finance

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1  plural : money or other liquid resources of a government, business, group, or individual
2 : the system that includes the circulation of money, the granting of credit, the making of investments, and the provision of banking facilities
3 : the science or study of the management of funds
4 : the obtaining of funds or capital : financing

finance

transitive verb
financed; financing

Legal Definition of finance (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : to raise or provide funds or capital for finance a takeover
b : to furnish with necessary funds
2 : to sell something to on credit

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