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Definition of Finance

  FINANCE   noun
The art or science of managing revenues and resources for the best advantage of the manager.  The pronunciation of this word with the i long and the accent on the first syllable is one of America's most precious discoveries and possessions.

Devil's Dictionarydefinition from:
The Devil's Dictionary
by Ambrose Bierce, 1911

Regular definition:
fa??nŠns n. & v. --n. 1 the management of (esp. public) money. 2 monetary support for an enterprise. 3 (in pl.) the money resources of a State, company, or person. --v.tr. provide capital for (a person or enterprise). °finance company (or house) a company concerned mainly with providing money for hire-purchase transactions. [ME f. OF f. finer settle a debt f. fin end: see FINE(2)]

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