Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The management of money, banking, investments, and credit.
  • noun Monetary resources.
  • noun The supplying of funds or capital.
  • transitive verb To provide or raise the funds or capital for.
  • transitive verb To supply funds to.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.
  • noun A fine; forfeit; ransom.
  • noun plural Revenue; funds in the treasury, or accruing to it; resources of money: as, the finances of the government were in a low condition.
  • noun plural The income or resources of an individual.
  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • verb To conduct the finances of; to provide for, and manage, the capital for; to financier.
  • noun 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.
  • noun The science of raising and expending the public revenue.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The management of money and other assets.
  • noun The science of management of money and other assets.
  • noun usually in plural the monetary resources, especially those of a public entity or a company.
  • verb To provide or obtain funding for a transaction or undertaking; to back; to support.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the branch of economics that studies the management of money and other assets
  • noun the commercial activity of providing funds and capital
  • verb obtain or provide money for
  • noun the management of money and credit and banking and investments
  • verb sell or provide on credit

Etymologies

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.

Examples

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    Practical Grammar and Composition

  • He has conducted the king's affairs in a manner so contrary to that of his predecessors that he is at this moment suspected by the clergy, hateful to the grandees of the state, hounded to the death by the heads of finance (_la haute finance_), dishonored amongst the magistracy.

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  • For example, someone who has come up through finance and wants to move into manufacturing, how can they show their company that what they have worked on in finance is applicable to what they want to do in [another area]?

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  • One of the most difficult things in finance is for a depreciated currency to recover the former value.

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  • The package is viewed in Copenhagen as a sign of goodwill on longer-term finance, which is a core part of an overall deal for rolling back climate change under a post-2012 planet-wide pact.

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  • The package is viewed in Copenhagen as a sign of goodwill on longer-term finance, which is a core part of an overall deal for rolling back climate change under a post-2012 planet-wide pact.

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  • If you are very well-educated and very well-connected, if you're at the right place at the right time, if you are in finance, particularly, or if you are a CEO, if you are a top executive of a big company, you are doing marvelously well.

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  • If you are very well-educated and very well-connected, if you're at the right place at the right time, if you are in finance, particularly, or if you are a CEO, if you are a top executive of a big company, you are doing marvelously well.

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  • If you are very well-educated and very well-connected, if you're at the right place at the right time, if you are in finance, particularly, or if you are a CEO, if you are a top executive of a big company, you are doing marvelously well.

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  • There needs to be new avenues to direct long-term finance into small and medium-sized enterprise and infrastructure.

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