- The definition of finance is the management of money matters.
An example of finance is the department that handles the budgets for a company.
- Finance is defined as to provide money or credit for something.
An example of finance is a bank loaning someone money to purchase a house.
- [pl.] the money resources, income, etc. of a nation, organization, or person
- the managing or science of managing money matters, credit, etc.
Origin of financeMiddle English finaunce, a fine, forfeit from Old French finance, wealth, revenue from finer, to end, settle accounts, pay ransom from fin: see fine
transitive verb-·nanced·, -·nanc·ing
- to supply money, credit, or capital to or for
- to obtain money, credit, or capital for
- The management of money, banking, investments, and credit.
- finances Monetary resources: could not make the purchase because of limited finances.
- The supplying of funds or capital.
transitive verbfi·nanced, fi·nanc·ing, fi·nanc·es
- To provide or raise the funds or capital for: financed a new car.
- To supply funds to: financing a daughter through law school.
Origin of financeMiddle English finaunce settlement, money supply from Old French finance payment from finer to pay ransom from fin end from Latin fīnis
(third-person singular simple present finances, present participle financing, simple past and past participle financed)
Original English sense c. 1400 was “ending”. Sense of “ending/satisfying a debt” came from French influence: in sense of “ransom” mid 15th century, in sense of “taxation” late 15th century. In sense of “manage money” first recorded 1770.