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tr.v. de·fund·ed, de·fund·ing, de·funds
To stop the flow of funds to: "Some days, they wake up with a burning desire to defund the Public Broadcasting System and the National Endowment for the Arts" (Joe Conason).
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vb (tr)
1. to remove the funds from (a person, organization, or scheme)
2. archaic to pour down
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to withdraw financial support from: to defund a government program.
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