finance Definition

  • 1the management of large amounts of money, especially by governments or large companies
  • 2the study of money and how it is used

Using finance: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "finance" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The company's finances are in good shape.

  • Example

    He works in finance.

  • Example

    The government is planning to increase spending on education and healthcare, but it will require careful finance management.

finance Synonyms and Antonyms

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Idioms Using finance

  • having a positive balance in one's financial accounts


    Thanks to careful budgeting, we're finally in the black this month.

  • having a negative balance in one's financial accounts


    We need to cut back on expenses or we'll be in the red again next month.

  • the amount of cash coming in and going out of a business or individual's accounts


    The company's cash flow has been tight this quarter due to slow sales.

Phrases with finance

  • the management of a government's revenue, expenditures, and debt load


    The Ministry of Finance is responsible for public finance in the country.

  • the management of an individual's income, expenses, savings, and investments


    She reads books and articles on personal finance to learn how to manage her money better.

  • the management of a company's financial resources, including investments, capital structure, and risk management


    The CFO is responsible for corporate finance at the company.

Origins of finance

from Old French 'finer', meaning 'to pay a ransom'


Summary: finance in Brief

The term 'finance' [ˈfaɪnæns] refers to the management of large amounts of money, often by governments or large companies, and the study of money and its use. It encompasses areas such as public finance, personal finance, and corporate finance. Idioms like 'in the black' and 'in the red' describe positive and negative balances, while 'cash flow' refers to the movement of money in and out of accounts.

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