fund noun

1 sum of money collected for a particular purpose

ADJ. large | appeal, charitable, charity The newspaper launched an appeal fund for victims of the disaster. | benevolent, campaign, investment, memorial, pension, prize, social, trust a benevolent fund for retired actors

VERB + FUND create, establish, launch, set up, start They set up an investment fund to provide money for their retirement. | administer, manage | draw on They don't want to draw on the fund unless they have to.

PREP. in a/the ~ There is currently over £200,000 in the fund. | into a/the ~ The money received is paid directly into a pension fund.

FUND + NOUN holder, manager 2 funds money that is available and can be spent

ADJ. sufficient | insufficient | limited There are only limited funds available. | unlimited | surplus | available | government, private, public

VERB + FUND have We have insufficient funds to pay for the building work. | be out of, be short of We are short of funds at the moment, so we are not going on holiday. | appeal for The school is appealing for funds to invest in new equipment. | borrow, boost, build up, collect, generate, get, obtain, raise, receive, secure | allocate, lend, make available, provide, release Funds will be made available to ensure the provision of hospital services. | channel, direct, use The government is to channel more funds into local development schemes.

FUND + NOUN raiser (also fund-raiser), raising (also fund-raising)

PREP. ~ for a charity event to raise funds for local schools | ~ from Funds from the event will support the work of the hospice.

PHRASES access to funds The current account offers savers instant access to funds. | a flow of funds the flow of funds between various economic sectors | a lack/shortage of funds The project was hampered by lack of funds. > Special page at BUSINESS

fund verb

ADV. largely, mainly | entirely The venture is funded entirely by its board of directors. | partially, partly | generously, properly, well | fully a new, fully funded training scheme | adequately | inadequately, poorly | centrally, directly The school opted out of local authority control and is funded directly by the government. | publicly | externally, independently, privately | jointly a scheme jointly funded by central and local government

VERB + FUND be used to, help (to) This money will help to fund administration costs. | agree to | refuse to

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