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

  • 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.
  • 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.

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


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English finaunce, settlement, money supply, from Old French finance, payment, from finer, to pay ransom, from fin, end, from Latin fīnis.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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.


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