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 (fə-năns′, fī-, fī′năns′)
1. The management of money, banking, investments, and credit.
2. finances Monetary resources: could not make the purchase because of limited finances.
3. The supplying of funds or capital.
tr.v. fi·nanced, fi·nanc·ing, fi·nanc·es
1. To provide or raise the funds or capital for: financed a new car.
2. To supply funds to: financing a daughter through law school.

[Middle English finaunce, settlement, money supply, from Old French finance, payment, from finer, to pay ransom, from fin, end, from Latin fīnis.]

fi·nance′a·ble adj.


pl n
(Banking & Finance) funds; financial condition
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.finances - assets in the form of moneyfinances - assets in the form of money    
assets - anything of material value or usefulness that is owned by a person or company
bank - the funds held by a gambling house or the dealer in some gambling games; "he tried to break the bank at Monte Carlo"
bankroll, roll - a roll of currency notes (often taken as the resources of a person or business etc.); "he shot his roll on a bob-tailed nag"
pocket - a supply of money; "they dipped into the taxpayers' pockets"
Medicaid funds - public funds used to pay for Medicaid
exchequer, treasury - the funds of a government or institution or individual
money supply - the total stock of money in the economy; currency held by the public plus money in accounts in banks
escrow funds - funds held in escrow
matching funds - funds that will be supplied in an amount matching the funds available from other sources
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Evidently the sleeper had wearied himself with work upon his finances, and was taking a rest.
As to finances public, because Monseigneur could not make anything at all of them, and must consequently let them out to somebody who could; as to finances private, because Farmer-Generals were rich, and Monseigneur, after generations of great luxury and expense, was growing poor.
I remember two pudding shops, between which I was divided, according to my finances.
If they see that our national government is efficient and well administered, our trade prudently regulated, our militia properly organized and disciplined, our resources and finances discreetly managed, our credit re-established, our people free, contented, and united, they will be much more disposed to cultivate our friendship than provoke our resentment.
The state of my finances obliged me to take an outside place.
These two women gave him more uneasiness than the war with Spain, the quarrel with England, or the embarrassment of the finances.
He has lost four or five vessels, and suffered by three or four bankruptcies; but it is not for me, although I am a creditor myself to the amount of ten thousand francs, to give any information as to the state of his finances.
And in the wretched state of his own finances, there was a very powerful motive for secrecy, in addition to his fear of discovery by Lydia's relations, for it had just transpired that he had left gaming debts behind him to a very considerable amount.
Rather say, my child, that it was in consideration to his children that he did so," observed Miss Emmerson; "his finances would not bear the expense, and suffer him to provide for his family after his death.
But I do not need any extraneous control of my finances.
As D'Artagnan delighted, both from pleasure and system, in making people talk about things which interested him, he fenced in his best style with Master Bazin, but it was pure loss of time; beyond the tiresome and hyperbolical praises of monsieur le surintendant of the finances, Bazin, who, on his side, was on his guard, afforded nothing but platitudes to the curiosity of D'Artagnan, so that our musketeer, in a tolerably bad humor, desired to go to bed as soon as he had supped.
Then she had, indeed, been a pitiable object; for she had caught cold on the journey, and had hardly taken possession of her lodgings before she was again confined to her bed and suffering under severe and constant pain; and all this among strangers, with the absolute necessity of having a regular nurse, and finances at that moment particularly unfit to meet any extraordinary expense.

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