Definition of finance in US English:

finance

noun

  • 1The management of large amounts of money, especially by governments or large companies.

    • ‘The council of finance ministers cannot depart from the rules laid down by the treaty’
    • ‘Of course, using an advisor will always cost you money - in finance, there's no such thing as a free ride!’
    • ‘The corporate finance sector in Ireland will continue to experience a flight to quality.’
    • ‘The problem stems from a change in the way public finance is handled.’
    • ‘I am not fully convinced that the designated finance minister is up to the task and she has a lot to prove still.’
    • ‘Offshore finance centres have been subjected to increased criticism over recent years.’
    • ‘"There are mixed signs," said the finance chief of an Irish multinational.’
    • ‘The finance department has also been developed to meet the needs of the bigger merged company.’
    • ‘Salaries will remain competitive in the banking, finance and accounting sectors.’
    • ‘I've got our local government finance spokesman, David Cameron, coming up on May 20th.’
    • ‘For a book about money, finance and the stock market, those sorts of numbers were previously unheard of.’
    • ‘I am the finance manager of a small consulting company in the aviation industry.’
    • ‘Law announced ten days ago that the archdiocesan finance council had voted not to approve the deal.’
    • ‘Maybe some kind finance department official could sit him down and explain the fiscal facts of life.’
    • ‘The resulting entity became known as Kerry Group, and he became its finance director.’
    • ‘The court argued that someone working in the government finance ministry could not possibly be subject to persecution.’
    • ‘The event is being billed as a must for those raising funding and for those in the corporate finance business.’
    • ‘The last few decades have witnessed many innovations in the consumer finance industry.’
    • ‘The firings will affect all areas, including the company's corporate finance and stockbroking arms.’
    • ‘Whether, say, joint degrees in economics and finance are covered by the data is unknown.’
    financial affairs, money matters, pecuniary matters, fiscal matters, economics, money management, commerce, business, investment, banking, accounting
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    1. 1.1 Monetary support for an enterprise.
      ‘housing finance’
      • ‘It is easy to find private sector finance for an enterprise that guarantees profits for 25 years.’
      • ‘Nor has the bank any specific bargaining leverage, assuming Lincoln can obtain finance from an alternative source.’
      • ‘Peoples has been supported by a mix of debt and equity finance provided by Bank of Scotland.’
      • ‘Quite unlike several other areas, finance for housing is said to have a tremendous future.’
      • ‘In dealing with other potential sources of finance as arranger, the bank is acting as the borrower's agent.’
      • ‘The fund operates as a lender of last resort for businesses that cannot raise finance from another source.’
      • ‘Now, the massive pool of global speculative finance has its sights on myriad markets and asset classes.’
      • ‘A local source of finance is essential if local independence and accountability are to be maintained.’
      • ‘Most of the book makes sense for any old economy business seeking finance from external sources, too.’
      • ‘The lotto is the club's main source of finance which is the lifeblood of the club's activities.’
      • ‘There are three possible sources of finance for a garden to match my delusions of grandeur.’
      • ‘So I may know very little about cars and driving, but I know a fair amount about car finance and insurance!’
      • ‘A recurring suggestion for raising finance for urban road projects was to charge for congestion.’
      • ‘Boswell admitted he could have raised finance on the strength of several Scottish actors.’
      • ‘It is also important to identify the sources of finance for these projects.’
      • ‘He is an incredibly able businessman who has an uncanny ability to tap into all possible sources of finance.’
      • ‘The first part of the puzzle that Doug sold me on was what was going on in mortgage finance.’
      • ‘A number of former managers at Intercontinental have also been trying to raise finance.’
      • ‘To date it has been almost impossible to raise small amounts of finance to develop our business in the region.’
      • ‘However, the London stock market where it is such a powerful force is dwindling in importance as a source of company finance.’
      funds, assets, money, capital, resources, cash, wealth, reserves, wherewithal, revenue, income, stock
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    2. 1.2finances The monetary resources and affairs of a country, organization, or person.
      ‘the finances of the school were causing serious concern’
      • ‘The next logical step was to put racing's finances on a permanent footing.’
      • ‘Of course you should be vigilant with your finances and budget carefully but hoarding money is not the answer.’
      • ‘So now is the time for them to think about the best way to manage their finances.’
      • ‘I mean, you know, you've got to get your finances in order.’
      • ‘However, the nation's finances remain under strain.’
      • ‘In fact, if anything, that's a bit of a testament to my ability to manage finances.’
      • ‘Recent months have seen signs of an improvement in the public finances.’
      • ‘I was reluctantly forced to sort out my personal finances with the BBC instead.’
      • ‘He found the state finances more precarious than central government finances.’
      • ‘They are there to provide advice to the general public on managing their finances.’
      • ‘On Saturday, he said the crackdown was necessary to safeguarding the nation's finances and economy.’
      • ‘Good governance and management of finances is surely key to keeping the debt crisis at bay.’
      • ‘Can John Hood, the university's new head, put its finances on a sound footing?’
      • ‘Am I the only person who seems to be constantly behind with organising my finances?’
      • ‘He suggested that primary schools could use some of their reserves to help their finances.’
      • ‘He put the evidence about his political finances into the public domain.’
      • ‘As adults, we are simply expected to be able manage the household finances.’
      • ‘He said: "It was part of a restructuring of the club's finances."’
      • ‘Thinking on it now, it was probably his attempt to get his finances into control.’
      • ‘You can wreck the nation's finances, running up the largest deficit in history.’
      cash, hard cash, ready money
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verb

[with object]
  • Provide funding for (a person or enterprise)

    ‘the city and county originally financed the project’
    • ‘It was financed from funds specifically identified for teaching undergraduates and nurses.’
    • ‘It's hard to do the former and very easy to do the latter especially if parents and grandparents are financing them.’
    • ‘Britain is in the middle of an unprecedented and unsustainable consumer boom financed by cheap credit.’
    • ‘They are hoping to secure a deal with local companies to help finance it.’
    • ‘The two-year project is being financed by the Central Research Unit of the Scottish Executive.’
    • ‘Also, the government financed private sector lobbying for government defence contracts.’
    • ‘For all you know, their lavish lifestyle may be financed by a string of debts.’
    • ‘The capital flows that financed the US current account deficit were already beginning to dry up.’
    • ‘It has no debt, which means much of the development programme could be financed through project finance.’
    • ‘Each acquisition is subject to regulatory approvals and financed by a mixture of cash and stock.’
    • ‘The fund will be financed by the social security's health insurance system.’
    • ‘The researchers were financed independently from the funding organisations.’
    • ‘Thirdly, such an arrangement defeats the object of the typical transaction financed by a bank.’
    • ‘One is that the money must go to projects not normally financed by the British taxpayer.’
    • ‘It will be financing such customers either directly or through its franchisee set up.’
    • ‘How many people have moved up the housing ladder financed by the proceeds of stock market gains?’
    • ‘The private sector, in fact Irish pension funds, could finance the entire project.’
    • ‘Connolly has financed the venture through a combination of savings and bank loans.’
    • ‘Thus, local taxpayers and baseball fans financed the entire cost of the stadium.’
    • ‘The proposed tax cuts, to be financed by the current budget surplus, might help.’
    fund, pay for, back, capitalize, provide capital for, provide security for, endow, subsidize, invest in
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Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French, from finer ‘make an end, settle a debt’, from fin ‘end’ (see fine). The original sense was ‘payment of a debt, compensation, or ransom’; later ‘taxation, revenue’. Current senses date from the 18th century, and reflect sense development in French.

Pronunciation