An example of finance is a bank loaning someone money to purchase a house.
An example of finance is the department that handles the budgets for a company.
Could not make the purchase because of limited finances.
Financed a new car.
Financing a daughter through law school.
Origin of finance
- Middle English finaunce settlement, money supply from Old French finance payment from finer to pay ransom from fin end from Latin fīnis
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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.