from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The science of the management of money and other assets.
- n. The management of money, banking, investments, and credit.
- n. Monetary resources; funds, especially those of a government or corporate body.
- n. The supplying of funds or capital.
- transitive v. To provide or raise the funds or capital for: financed a new car.
- transitive v. To supply funds to: financing a daughter through law school.
- transitive v. To furnish credit to.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The management of money and other assets.
- n. The science of management of money and other assets.
- n. the monetary resources, especially those of a public entity or a company.
- v. To provide or obtain funding for a transaction or undertaking; to back; to support.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The income of a ruler or of a state; revenue; public money; sometimes, the income of an individual; often used in the plural for funds; available money; resources.
- n. The science of raising and expending the public revenue.
- v. To conduct the finances of; to provide for, and manage, the capital for; to financier.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A fine; forfeit; ransom.
- n. plural Revenue; funds in the treasury, or accruing to it; resources of money: as, the finances of the government were in a low condition.
- n. plural The income or resources of an individual.
- n. The science of monetary business or affairs; the system by which the income of a nation, state, or corporation is raised and administered; pecuniary management in general: as, the study of political economy and finance; the system of finance pursued by an administration, or a bank, corporation, or other company.
- To conduct financial operations; manage finances in either a public or a private capacity: often used in a derogatory sense.
- To manage financially; be financier for; furnish with finances or money.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the branch of economics that studies the management of money and other assets
- n. the commercial activity of providing funds and capital
- v. obtain or provide money for
- n. the management of money and credit and banking and investments
- v. sell or provide on credit
Middle English finaunce, settlement, money supply, from Old French finance, payment, from finer, to pay ransom, from fin, end, from Latin fīnis.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English finaunce, from Anglo-Norman, Middle French finance, from finer ("to pay ransom") (whence also English fine ("to pay a penalty")), from fin ("end"), from Latin fīnis. (Wiktionary)