Meaning of FUND in English

I. fund 1 S3 W1 AC /fʌnd/ BrE AmE noun

[ Word Family: noun : ↑ fund , ↑ refund , ↑ funding ; verb : ↑ fund , ↑ refund ; adjective : funded]

[ Date: 1600-1700 ; Language: Latin ; Origin: fundus 'bottom, piece of land' ]

1 . [countable] an amount of money that is collected and kept for a particular purpose:

The fund was set up to try to save the cathedral.

pension/investment/memorial etc fund ⇨ ↑ funding , ↑ trust fund

2 . funds [plural] money that an organization needs or has:

A sale is being held to raise funds for the school.

government/public funds

claims that ministers had misused public funds

The park remains unfinished due to lack of funds.

The Museum is so short of funds (=has so little money) it may have to sell the painting.

3 . [singular] an organization that collects money, for example to help people who are ill, old etc ⇨ charity :

We give to the Children’s Fund every Christmas.

4 . a fund of something a large supply of something:

He had a fund of stories about his boyhood.

5 . in funds formal having enough money to do something

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■ verbs

▪ set up/establish a fund

They have set up a fund to build a memorial to all those who died.

▪ manage/administer a fund

The fund is managed by an investment company.

▪ launch a fund (=start it)

They plan to launch an investment fund by raising $40m from investors.


▪ a trust fund (=money that belongs to one person, but is controlled by another)

Proceeds from the sale of the house will go into a trust fund for the children.

▪ a pension fund (=for paying pensions)

the country’s largest private pension fund

▪ an investment fund (=for buying shares, property, etc in order to make a profit)

The building is currently owned by Argo Partnership, a Toronto-based investment fund.

▪ a campaign fund (=for helping a political party or person to get elected)

These social events help to raise campaign funds.

▪ a memorial fund (=for remembering the life of someone who has died)

The work is being paid for out of the memorial fund launched after Morris’s death.

▪ a benevolent/charitable fund (=for giving help to poor people)

He contributed the sum of £1,500 to the benevolent fund.

▪ an appeal fund (=money collected to help people who are in a very bad situation)

The appeal fund has now reached £65,000.

II. fund 2 S3 W3 AC BrE AmE verb [transitive]

[ Word Family: noun : ↑ fund , ↑ refund , ↑ funding ; verb : ↑ fund , ↑ refund ; adjective : funded]

to provide money for an activity, organization, event etc:

The project is jointly funded by several local companies.

government-funded research

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.