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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Usage statistics for the noun fund:

conversational speech5.8%task-oriented speech94.2%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun fund:


The word fund and its family (funded, funder, funders, funding, funds) 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 fund

What does fund mean as a name of something?

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

noun - plural: funds

  1. a reserve of money set aside for some purpose
    • lexical domain: Possessions - nouns denoting possession and transfer of possession
    • synonym of fund: monetary fund
    • more generic word: money = the most common medium of exchange
    • more specific terms:
      • 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
      • superannuation fund / pension fund = a fund reserved to pay workers' pensions when they retire from service
      • war chest = a fund accumulated to finance a war
      • 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
  2. a supply of something available for future use
    • lexical domain: Possessions - nouns denoting possession and transfer of possession
    • synonyms of fund: stock / store
    • more generic word: accumulation = profits that are not paid out as dividends but are added to the capital base of the corporation
    • more specific terms:
  3. a financial institution that sells shares to individuals and invests in securities issued by other companies

Alternative definition of the noun fund


  1. A sum or source of money
  2. An organization managing such money
  3. A money-management operation, such as a mutual fund
  4. A large supply of something to be drawn upon.

Definition of the verb fund

What does fund mean as a doing word?

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

verb - inflections: funded | funding | funds

  1. convert (short-term floating debt) into long-term debt that bears fixed interest and is represented by bonds
    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • more generic word: finance = obtain or provide money for
  2. place or store up in a fund for accumulation
  3. provide a fund for the redemption of principal or payment of interest
  4. invest money in government securities
  5. accumulate a fund for the discharge of a recurrent liability
  6. furnish money for
    • examples: The government funds basic research in many areas | They fund him to write the letter
    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • more generic word: support = support materially or financially
    • more specific terms:
      • grubstake = supply with funds in return for a promised share of profits
      • bankroll = provide with sufficient funds
      • take over / absorb = take up, as of debts or payments
    • entailment: finance = obtain or provide money for


The fund from which the funder has allocated funds from. e.g.

Phrases with Fund

Phrases starting with the word Fund:

  1. fund raise
  2. fund-raise

Phrases ending with the word Fund:

  1. to fund
  2. load fund
  3. hedge fund
  4. index fund
  5. Quant Fund
  6. slush fund
  7. trust fund
  8. Feeder fund
  9. Health Fund
  10. mutual fund
  11. No-Load Fund
  12. pension fund
  13. reserve fund
  14. sinking fund
  15. monetary fund
  16. open-end fund
  17. endowment fund
  18. revolving fund

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Printed encyclopedias and other books with definitions for Fund

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Google previewTranscending Horizons Through Innovative Global Practices (2009)

by Editor:Alok Bansal, Yogeshwari Phatak, I C Gupta, Rajendra Jain

Keywords: Bank Sponsored Mutual Funds, Investment, Performance Evaluation INTRODUCTION Mutual Fund is a trust or an investment company that pools resources from various investors who share common investment goals and ...

Google previewThe Law Journal Reports (1875)

The fund is a trust fund, because it is applicable only to the purposes for which the company was constituted in the hands of the agentB of the company, and a person taking it from them, with notice that it is being misapplied, cannot in this ...

Google previewThe American Almanac and Repository of Useful Knowledge for the Year ... (1840)

by Jared Sparks, Johann Schobert, Francis Bowen, George Partridge Sanger

The Saline Fund is the next most important source of revenue for the purposes of education. This is derived from the sale of twelve salt springs in this State, with six sections of land attached to each, granted by the United States at the time of its ...

Google previewNonprofit Law for Colleges and Universities (2011)

Essential Questions and Answers for Officers, Directors, and Advisors by Bruce R. Hopkins, Virginia C. Gross, Thomas J. Schenkelberg

A pooled income fund is a trust to which charitable contributions are made, from two or more sources, and commingled and invested (12.63). The fund is a type of split-interest trust that must be maintained by the charitable organization to or for ...

Google previewMacroeconomic Framework Conditions And the Management of Research And Development in the Nordic Countries (2005)

Economy Research by Svend Jespersen, Per Svejstrup Hansen

The Biotechnology Fund is an investment company (venture capital / private equity) primarily providing seed and early stage...

The Fund is the outcome of a more thorough reorganization of the banking sector in 1997 where four sectoral credit ...

Google previewHKW Trading, LLC, Howard Waxenberg Trading, L.L.C., et al.: Securities and Exchange Commission Litigation Complaint

Investors' funds were managed and invested by Waxenberg Trading. RELIEF DEFENDANTS 8. HKW Fund is a Delaware LLC, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Texas (2001)

by Nancy Capace

The Legislature may provide for the investment of moneys available in the Texas Water Development Fund, and the interest and sinking funds established for the payment of bonds issued by the Texas Water Development Board. Income from ...

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Quotes about Fund

We have already significant sums of money in our petroleum fund, a fund created by law that includes all the revenues received from the Timor Sea, and invests in conservative, safe, long-term investment portfolios - right now in US Treasury Bonds. (Jose Ramos Horta)
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Scrabble value of F4U1N1D2

The value of this 4-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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