Definition of fund noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



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  1. 1  [countable] an amount of money that has been saved or has been made available for a particular purpose a disaster relief fund the company’s pension fund the International Monetary Fund see also hedge fund Wordfinderasset, bond, capital, dividend, equity, fund, interest, invest, portfolio, share See related entries: Economy
  2. 2  funds [plural] money that is available to be spent government funds The hospital is trying to raise funds for a new kidney machine. The project has been cancelled because of lack of funds I'm short of funds at the moment—can I pay you back next week? CollocationsFinanceIncome earn money/​cash/(informal) a fortune make money/​a fortune/(informal) a killing on the stock market acquire/​inherit/​amass wealth/​a fortune build up funds/​savings get/​receive/​leave (somebody) an inheritance/​a legacy live on a low wage/​a fixed income/​a pension get/​receive/​draw/​collect a pension depend/​be dependent on (British English) benefits/(North American English) welfare/​social securityExpenditure spend money/​your savings/(informal) a fortune on… invest/​put your savings in… throw away/​waste/ (informal) shell out money on… lose your money/​inheritance/​pension use up/ (informal) wipe out all your savings pay (in) cash use/​pay by a credit/​debit card pay by/​make out a/​write somebody a/​accept a (British English) cheque/(US English) check change/​exchange money/​currency/(British English) traveller’s cheques/(US English) traveler’s checks give/​pay/​leave (somebody) a depositBanks have/​hold/​open/​close/​freeze a bank account/​an account credit/​debit/​pay something into/​take money out of your account deposit money/​funds in your account withdraw money/​cash/£30 from an ATM, etc. (formal) make a deposit/​withdrawal find/​go to/​use (especially North American English) an ATM/(British English) a cash machine/​dispenser be in credit/​in debit/​in the black/​in the red/​overdrawnPersonal finance manage/​handle/​plan/​run/ (especially British English) sort out your finances plan/​manage/​work out/​stick to a budget offer/​extend credit (to somebody) arrange/​take out a loan/​an overdraft pay back/​repay money/​a loan/​a debt pay for something in (especially British English) instalments/(usually North American English) installmentsFinancial difficulties get into debt/​financial difficulties be short of/ (informal) be strapped for cash run out of/​owe money face/​get/ (informal) be landed with a bill for £… can’t afford the cost of…/payments/​rent fall behind with/ (especially North American English) fall behind on the mortgage/​repayments/​rent incur/​run up/​accumulate debts tackle/​reduce/​settle your debts See related entries: Running a business
  3. 3[singular] fund of something an amount or a supply of something a fund of knowledge
  4. Word Originmid 17th cent.: from Latin fundus ‘bottom, piece of landed property’. The earliest sense was ‘the bottom or lowest part’, later ‘foundation or basis’; the association with money has perhaps arisen from the idea of landed property being a source of wealth.Extra examples Clients can withdraw funds without any notice. Funds from the event will support the work of the hospice. Funds will be made available to ensure the provision of hospital services. It will be a challenge to raise campaign funds for the election. Most of the funds are spent on software. The current account offers savers instant access to funds. The fund was invested in a range of state bonds. The funds are earmarked for the health sector. The government is to channel more funds into local development schemes. The money received is paid directly into a pension fund. The newspaper launched an appeal fund for victims of the disaster. The project was hampered by lack of funds. The school is appealing for funds to invest in new equipment. There are only limited funds available. There is currently over $200 000 in the fund. They don’t want to draw on the fund unless they have to. They set up an investment fund to provide money for their retirement. They voted to withhold funds from any organization which didn’t sign the agreement. We are short of funds at the moment, so we are not going on holiday. We have insufficient funds to pay for the building work. We’re short of funds at the moment. a benevolent fund for retired actors a charity event to raise funds for local schools the flow of funds between various economic sectors He’s been paying into the firm’s pension fund for thirty years. Oxfam has launched an appeal fund for famine victims in southern Africa. She made a donation to the local cancer relief fund. The International Monetary Fund is lending $290 million for construction of the oil pipeline.
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