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Definition of "defund" [defund]

  • To stop the flow of funds to: "Some days, they wake up with a burning desire to defund the Public Broadcasting System and the National Endowment for the Arts” ( Joe Conason). (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "defund" in a sentence
  • "The American tea partyers are talking about a tactic called defund and disobey."
  • "This has been an ongoing discussion for quite some time, with the reddest of the right-leaning anti-public broadcasting crowd fixing to "defund" and altogether eliminate some of the stalwarts of American news such as NPR and PBS."
  • "Taxes were cut to "defund" government in order to "starve the beast.""