fund

A fund is a supply of money to be used for a specific purpose. You can start a fund for almost anything, such as your child’s education, a new car, or the establishment of the world’s largest origami collection.

Fund can be used as a verb meaning “provide funds for something.” If you’re unable to save up the money to start your origami collection, you might ask a friend to fund it. (We predict she’ll say no.) An organization that raises money for a particular, often charitable, purpose can also be called a fund. We doubt an origami collection warrants its own fund, but there's no harm in trying.

Primary Meanings of fund

1.
nv
a reserve of money set aside for some purpose
furnish money for
2.
n
a financial institution that sells shares to individuals and invests in securities issued by other companies
3.
v
convert (short-term floating debt) into long-term debt that bears fixed interest and is represented by bonds
Full Definitions of fund
1

n a reserve of money set aside for some purpose

Synonyms:
monetary fund
Types:
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mutual fund
the pooled money that is invested in assets
revolving fund
a fund which, if borrowed or used, is intended to be replenished so it may be loaned or spent repeatedly
sinking fund
a fund accumulated regularly in a separate account and used to redeem debt securities
nest egg, savings
a fund of money put by as a reserve
pension fund, superannuation fund
a fund reserved to pay workers' pensions when they retire from service
war chest
a fund accumulated to finance a war (or a political campaign)
slush fund
a fund for buying votes or bribing public officials
trust fund
a fund held in trust
bank deposit, deposit
money deposited in a bank or some similar institution
budget
a sum of money allocated for a particular purpose
petty cash
a small fund of cash that a firm keeps for the payment of incidental expenses
ETF, exchange traded fund
a mutual fund that is traded on a stock exchange
index fund
a mutual fund whose assets are stocks on a given list
demand deposit
a bank deposit from which withdrawals can be made without notice
Civil List
a sum of money voted by British Parliament each year for the expenses of the British royal family
operating budget
a budget for current expenses as distinct from financial transactions or permanent improvements
Type of:
money
the most common medium of exchange; functions as legal tender

n a supply of something available for future use

Synonyms:
stock, store
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base, infrastructure
the stock of basic facilities and capital equipment needed for the functioning of a country or area
cache, hoard, stash
a secret store of valuables or money
provision
a store or supply of something (especially of food or clothing or arms)
government issue, issue, military issue
supplies (as food or clothing or ammunition) issued by the government
seed stock
a supply of seeds (or tubers) reserved for planting
seed corn, seed grain
good quality seeds (as kernels of corn) that are reserved for planting
Type of:
accumulation
(finance) profits that are not paid out as dividends but are added to the capital base of the corporation

v furnish money for

“The government funds basic research in many areas”
Types:
grubstake
supply with funds in return for a promised share of profits
bankroll
provide with sufficient funds; finance
absorb, take over
take up, as of debts or payments
Type of:
support
support materially or financially

v place or store up in a fund for accumulation

Type of:
accumulate, amass, collect, compile, hoard, pile up, roll up
get or gather together

v provide a fund for the redemption of principal or payment of interest

Type of:
furnish, provide, render, supply
give something useful or necessary to

v accumulate a fund for the discharge of a recurrent liability

fund a medical care plan”
Type of:
accumulate, amass, collect, compile, hoard, pile up, roll up
get or gather together
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n a financial institution that sells shares to individuals and invests in securities issued by other companies

Synonyms:
investment company, investment firm, investment trust
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hedge fund, hedgefund
a flexible investment company for a small number of large investors (usually the minimum investment is $1 million); can use high-risk techniques (not allowed for mutual funds) such as short-selling and heavy leveraging
mutual fund, mutual fund company, open-end fund, open-end investment company
a regulated investment company with a pool of assets that regularly sells and redeems its shares
closed-end fund, closed-end investment company
a regulated investment company that issues a fixed number of shares which are listed on a stock market
face-amount certificate company
a regulated investment company that pays a stated amount to certificate holders on a stated maturity date
REIT, Real Estate Investment Trust
an investment trust that owns and manages a pool of commercial properties and mortgages and other real estate assets; shares can be bought and sold in the stock market
unit investment trust, unit trust
a regulated investment company consisting of professional managers who issue redeemable securities representing a portfolio of many different securities
fixed investment trust, nondiscretionary trust
an investment trust that can buy only those securities listed when the trust was organized
index fund
a mutual fund that invests in the stocks that are the basis of a well-known stock or bond index
Type of:
nondepository financial institution
a financial institution that funds their investment activities from the sale of securities or insurance
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v convert (short-term floating debt) into long-term debt that bears fixed interest and is represented by bonds

Type of:
finance
obtain or provide money for

v invest money in government securities

Type of:
commit, invest, place, put
make an investment

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