Definition of finance in English:

finance

noun

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

    • ‘Whether, say, joint degrees in economics and finance are covered by the data is unknown.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I am not fully convinced that the designated finance minister is up to the task and she has a lot to prove still.’
    • ‘The finance department has also been developed to meet the needs of the bigger merged company.’
    • ‘For a book about money, finance and the stock market, those sorts of numbers were previously unheard of.’
    • ‘The court argued that someone working in the government finance ministry could not possibly be subject to persecution.’
    • ‘I've got our local government finance spokesman, David Cameron, coming up on May 20th.’
    • ‘The event is being billed as a must for those raising funding and for those in the corporate finance business.’
    • ‘The problem stems from a change in the way public finance is handled.’
    • ‘Maybe some kind finance department official could sit him down and explain the fiscal facts of life.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘"There are mixed signs," said the finance chief of an Irish multinational.’
    • ‘Offshore finance centres have been subjected to increased criticism over recent years.’
    • ‘The corporate finance sector in Ireland will continue to experience a flight to quality.’
    • ‘The resulting entity became known as Kerry Group, and he became its finance director.’
    • ‘Salaries will remain competitive in the banking, finance and accounting sectors.’
    financial affairs, money matters, pecuniary matters, fiscal matters, economics, money management, commerce, business, investment, banking, Accounting
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    1. 1.1Monetary support for an enterprise.
      ‘housing finance’
      • ‘Quite unlike several other areas, finance for housing is said to have a tremendous future.’
      • ‘Now, the massive pool of global speculative finance has its sights on myriad markets and asset classes.’
      • ‘In dealing with other potential sources of finance as arranger, the bank is acting as the borrower's agent.’
      • ‘It is also important to identify the sources of finance for these projects.’
      • ‘However, the London stock market where it is such a powerful force is dwindling in importance as a source of company finance.’
      • ‘It is easy to find private sector finance for an enterprise that guarantees profits for 25 years.’
      • ‘Most of the book makes sense for any old economy business seeking finance from external sources, too.’
      • ‘The fund operates as a lender of last resort for businesses that cannot raise finance from another source.’
      • ‘There are three possible sources of finance for a garden to match my delusions of grandeur.’
      • ‘Peoples has been supported by a mix of debt and equity finance provided by Bank of Scotland.’
      • ‘The first part of the puzzle that Doug sold me on was what was going on in mortgage finance.’
      • ‘So I may know very little about cars and driving, but I know a fair amount about car finance and insurance!’
      • ‘A local source of finance is essential if local independence and accountability are to be maintained.’
      • ‘To date it has been almost impossible to raise small amounts of finance to develop our business in the region.’
      • ‘A recurring suggestion for raising finance for urban road projects was to charge for congestion.’
      • ‘He is an incredibly able businessman who has an uncanny ability to tap into all possible sources of finance.’
      • ‘The lotto is the club's main source of finance which is the lifeblood of the club's activities.’
      • ‘Nor has the bank any specific bargaining leverage, assuming Lincoln can obtain finance from an alternative source.’
      • ‘A number of former managers at Intercontinental have also been trying to raise finance.’
      • ‘Boswell admitted he could have raised finance on the strength of several Scottish actors.’
    2. 1.2The monetary resources and affairs of a country, organization, or person.
      ‘the finances of the school were causing serious concern’
      • ‘Good governance and management of finances is surely key to keeping the debt crisis at bay.’
      • ‘He found the state finances more precarious than central government finances.’
      • ‘As adults, we are simply expected to be able manage the household finances.’
      • ‘Am I the only person who seems to be constantly behind with organising my finances?’
      • ‘They are there to provide advice to the general public on managing their finances.’
      • ‘So now is the time for them to think about the best way to manage their finances.’
      • ‘Of course you should be vigilant with your finances and budget carefully but hoarding money is not the answer.’
      • ‘He put the evidence about his political finances into the public domain.’
      • ‘He said: "It was part of a restructuring of the club's finances."’
      • ‘You can wreck the nation's finances, running up the largest deficit in history.’
      • ‘The next logical step was to put racing's finances on a permanent footing.’
      • ‘In fact, if anything, that's a bit of a testament to my ability to manage finances.’
      • ‘Can John Hood, the university's new head, put its finances on a sound footing?’
      • ‘Thinking on it now, it was probably his attempt to get his finances into control.’
      • ‘However, the nation's finances remain under strain.’
      • ‘I mean, you know, you've got to get your finances in order.’
      • ‘He suggested that primary schools could use some of their reserves to help their finances.’
      • ‘I was reluctantly forced to sort out my personal finances with the BBC instead.’
      • ‘Recent months have seen signs of an improvement in the public finances.’
      • ‘On Saturday, he said the crackdown was necessary to safeguarding the nation's finances and economy.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Provide funding for (a person or enterprise)

    ‘the city and county originally financed the project’
    • ‘It's hard to do the former and very easy to do the latter especially if parents and grandparents are financing them.’
    • ‘It was financed from funds specifically identified for teaching undergraduates and nurses.’
    • ‘How many people have moved up the housing ladder financed by the proceeds of stock market gains?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The researchers were financed independently from the funding organisations.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Britain is in the middle of an unprecedented and unsustainable consumer boom financed by cheap credit.’
    • ‘The fund will be financed by the social security's health insurance system.’
    • ‘It has no debt, which means much of the development programme could be financed through project finance.’
    • ‘One is that the money must go to projects not normally financed by the British taxpayer.’
    • ‘They are hoping to secure a deal with local companies to help finance it.’
    • ‘The private sector, in fact Irish pension funds, could finance the entire project.’
    • ‘Thus, local taxpayers and baseball fans financed the entire cost of the stadium.’
    • ‘Connolly has financed the venture through a combination of savings and bank loans.’
    • ‘Each acquisition is subject to regulatory approvals and financed by a mixture of cash and stock.’
    • ‘Thirdly, such an arrangement defeats the object of the typical transaction financed by a bank.’
    • ‘The proposed tax cuts, to be financed by the current budget surplus, might help.’
    • ‘It will be financing such customers either directly or through its franchisee set up.’
    fund, pay for, back, capitalize, provide capital for, provide security for, endow, subsidize, invest in
    underwrite, guarantee, furnish credit for, sponsor, act as guarantor of, support
    foot the bill for, pick up the tab for
    bankroll
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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:

finance

/ˈfīnans//fəˈnans/