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

  • n. A source of supply; a stock: a fund of goodwill.
  • n. A sum of money or other resources set aside for a specific purpose: a pension fund.
  • n. Available money; ready cash: short on funds.
  • n. The stock of the British permanent national debt, considered as public securities. Used with the.
  • n. An organization established to administer and manage a sum of money.
  • transitive v. To provide money for paying off the interest or principal of (a debt).
  • transitive v. To convert into a long-term or floating debt with fixed interest payments.
  • transitive v. To place in a fund for accumulation.
  • transitive v. To furnish a fund for: funded the space program.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A sum or source of money
  • n. An organization managing such money
  • n. A money-management operation, such as a mutual fund
  • n. A large supply of something to be drawn upon.
  • v. To pay for.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An aggregation or deposit of resources from which supplies are or may be drawn for carrying on any work, or for maintaining existence.
  • n. A stock or capital; a sum of money appropriated as the foundation of some commercial or other operation undertaken with a view to profit; that reserve by means of which expenses and credit are supported
  • n. The stock of a national debt; public securities; evidences (stocks or bonds) of money lent to government, for which interest is paid at prescribed intervals; -- called also public funds.
  • n. An invested sum, whose income is devoted to a specific object; ; also, money systematically collected to meet the expenses of some permanent object.
  • n. A store laid up, from which one may draw at pleasure; a supply; a full provision of resources.
  • transitive v. To provide and appropriate a fund or permanent revenue for the payment of the interest of; to make permanent provision of resources (as by a pledge of revenue from customs) for discharging the interest of or principal of.
  • transitive v. To place in a fund, as money.
  • transitive v. To put into the form of bonds or stocks bearing regular interest.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To collect and accumulate; store.
  • To convert (a floating debt) into capital or stock, or into a more or less permanent debt, represented by bonds for definite sums, bearing interest at a fixed rate, and commonly redeemable within a fixed period of years.
  • To go; proceed.
  • n. Bottom. See in the fund, below.
  • n. A stock or accumulation of money or other forms of wealth devoted to or available for some purpose, as for the carrying on of some business or enterprise, or for the support and maintenance of an institution, a family, or a person: as, a sinking fund; the funds of a bank or corporation; the Widows' and Orphans' Fund, etc. A fund may be either active or passive.
  • n. A store of anything to be drawn upon at pleasure; a stock or main source of supply; especially, an equipment of specific mental resources; a stock of knowledge or mental endowment of any kind: as, a fund of wisdom or good sense; a fund of anecdote.

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

  • v. accumulate a fund for the discharge of a recurrent liability
  • n. a supply of something available for future use
  • v. place or store up in a fund for accumulation
  • v. convert (short-term floating debt) into long-term debt that bears fixed interest and is represented by bonds
  • v. invest money in government securities
  • n. a reserve of money set aside for some purpose
  • v. furnish money for
  • v. provide a fund for the redemption of principal or payment of interest
  • n. a financial institution that sells shares to individuals and invests in securities issued by other companies


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

Latin fundus, bottom, piece of land.



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