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The word finance and its family (financed, finances, financial, financially, financier, financiers, financing) are included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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Definition of the noun finance

What does finance mean as a name of something?

Finance is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: finances

  1. the commercial activity of providing funds and capital
  2. the branch of economics that studies the management of money and other assets
  3. the management of money and credit and banking and investments
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic words: direction / management = the act of managing something
    • more specific word: banking = engaging in the business of keeping money for savings and checking accounts or for exchange or for issuing loans and credit etc.

Alternative definition of the noun finance


  1. The management of money and other assets.
  2. The science of management of money and other assets.
  3. [context: usually in plural] the monetary resources, especially those of a public entity or a company.

Definition of the verb finance

What does finance mean as a doing word?

Finance is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: financed | financing | finances

  1. obtain or provide money for
    • examples: Can we finance the addition to our home? | Sam and Sue finance the movie
    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • more generic word: pay = give money, usually in exchange for goods or services
    • more specific words:
      • seed = help (an enterprise) in its early stages of development by providing seed money
      • back = support financial backing for
      • refinance = renew the financing of
      • fund = convert (short-term floating debt) into long-term debt that bears fixed interest and is represented by bonds
  2. sell or provide on credit
    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • more generic word: credit = accounting: enter as credit

Alternative definition of the verb finance


  1. To provide or obtain funding for a transaction or undertaking; to back; to support.


Finance, or The Fascinating Game of Finance or Finance and Fortune, is a board game originally released in 1932. The game is based on The Landlord's Game in the movement of pieces around the board, the use of cards, properties that can be purchased, and houses that can be erected on them. The game also has railroads, however these may not be purchased. The game is actually a predecessor to Monopoly.

  • genre: Economic simulation


  1. "Finance" is a book by Pawel H. Dembinski.
    • also known as "Finance: servant or deceiver?: financialization at the crossroads"
  2. "Finance" is a book by Joel G. Siegel.


  1. The Finance Business Daily is the only daily Slovenian business and financial . The idea to publish it had already been proposed by Iztok Jurančič before 1991, when Slovenia declared its independence. However, it was realized only in 1992. At first, the newspaper was published by the company Gospodarski Vestnik. Today, it is published by the Časnik Finance company, which is owned by the Swedish Bonnier Group and also publishes several other publications; for example, the magazines Manager and Moje finance, the healthcare newspaper Medicina danes, and the web portals Finance and Mojevro. As of 2008, the Finance Business Daily accounted for three quarter of the Časnik Finance company income. Before becoming a daily newspaper in 2002, Finance was issued twice weekly.
  2. The Finance, is a functional constituency in the elections for the Legislative Council of Hong Kong first created in 1985. The constituency is composed of all banks and deposit-taking companies.
    • also known as 金融界功能界別
  3. Finance is a football team, sports team.
    • also known as Finance Football Club
  4. Finance is a field of study.

Phrases with Finance

Phrases starting with the word Finance:

  1. finance company
  2. finance minister
  3. finance committee

Phrases ending with the word Finance:

  1. E-Finance
  2. high finance
  3. Public finance
  4. corporate finance
  5. minister of finance

Other phrases containing the word Finance:

  1. sales finance company
  2. captive finance company
  3. consumer finance company
  4. commercial finance company
  5. international finance corporation

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Finance

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Google previewMoody's Magazine (1912)

Finance is the complement of industry in the production and distribution of wealth . The banking system and the financial system are two quite distinct and different things in the American system of economics. The banking system is a factor of ...

Google previewCentre-state Relations in Higher Education with Reference to Andhra Pradesh (1992)

by Mehtab Giri

Since finance is the most important factor in the development and maintenance of standards, better finance means better staff, equipment, buildings, housing etc. This naturally leads to differences in standards between the Central and State ...

Google previewFinancial Management, Principles and Applications (2016)

by CTI Reviews

Finance is a field closely related to accounting that deals with the allocation of assets and liabilities over time under...

Personal finance is the financial management which an individual or a family unit is required to do to obtain, budget, save, ...

Google previewExpected Returns (2011)

An Investor's Guide to Harvesting Market Rewards by Antti Ilmanen

Finance is a field in which academics and investment practitioners have had a huge influence on each other,

Google previewCurrent Challenges for Corporate Finance (2009)

A Strategic Perspective by Guido Eilenberger, Sascha Haghani, Alfred Kötzle, Kurt Reding, Klaus Spremann

Klaus Spremann Corporate finance means responding to the financial markets. Strategy, on the other hand, aims to change and shape the environment. Strictly speaking, therefore, "strategic corporate finance” is a contradiction in terms.

Google previewStrategic Entrepreneurial Finance (2014)

From Value Creation to Realization by Darek Klonowski

Entrepreneurial finance is a discipline that studies financial resource mobilization , resource allocation, risk moderation, optimization in financial contracting, value creation, and value monetization within the context of entrepreneurship.

Google previewInternational Dictionary of Banking and Finance (2013)

by John Clark

This book is intended to provide access to the specialist terms of banking and general finance for students and professionals in the growing world of banking, and its interaction with building societies and the stock exchange. It should also ...

Google previewPersonal Finance: An Encyclopedia of Modern Money Management (2015)

An Encyclopedia of Modern Money Management by Barbara Friedberg

And as they have made buying products via the Internet a regular practice, they have become more comfortable managing the money they use for those e- purchases with online personal finance tools. The financial industry received the ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Finance (2006)

by Cheng-Few Lee

PREFACE Finance has become one of the most important and popular subjects in management school today. This subject has progressed tremendously in the last forty years, integrating models and ideas from other areas such as physics, ...

Google previewDictionary of Film Finance and Distribution (2013)

A Guide for Independent Filmmakers by John W. Cones

Dictionary ofFilm Finance and Distribution.

Google previewInternational Dictionary of Insurance and Finance (2014)

by John Clark

Preface This book is intended to provide access to the specialist terms of insurance and general finance for students and professionals in the growing world of insurance, and its interaction with pensions, savings and the stock exchange.

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Finance is the art of passing money from hand to hand until it finally disappears. (Robert W. Sarnoff)
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Scrabble value of F4I1N1A1N1C3E1

The value of this 7-letter word is 12 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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