Definition of crowdfund in English:

crowdfund

verb

[with object]
  • Fund (a project or venture) by raising money from a large number of people who each contribute a relatively small amount, typically via the Internet.

    ‘he's launched a campaign to crowdfund the first album he'll record under his own name’
    ‘a crowdfunded movie’
    • ‘"I'd love to see someone 'crowdfund' an Avatar-sized film by begging for donations on YouTube, but we both know that's not going to happen."’
    • ‘She was one of the first researchers in Australia to successfully run a campaign to crowdfund their research.’
    • ‘Critics argue that crowdfunded companies won't be as carefully vetted or transparently documented as traditional ones.’
    • ‘Now he's looking to crowdfund his next research project, on the neuronal effects of amphetamines.’
    • ‘As experiments go, I'd really like to crowdfund a book.’
    • ‘But, like the overwhelming majority of crowdfunded ventures, Kamm experienced severe delays in manufacturing his products.’
    • ‘Would I help crowdfund open source?’
    • ‘Fortunately, says Burtch, nearly all crowdfunded ventures - more than 95 percent - do deliver promised goods to their backers eventually.’
    • ‘The firm launched a Kickstarter campaign to crowdfund $30,000 towards the pen's development programme, a target that was passed in a few hours.’

Origin

Early 21st century: from crowd + fund, on the pattern of crowdsource.

Pronunciation

crowdfund

/ˈkraʊdfʌnd/