In formal, factual writing, is it more appropriate to use as a verb the word "fund" rather than "bankroll"? [Example: "An anonymous donor [bankrolls/funds] the food pantry."]

To me, "bankroll" has a slightly unsavory connotation that "fund" doesn't. If the context is simply to provide factual information, would "fund" be a better choice, or am I being too sensitive?

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    "Bankroll", as a verb, is not a formal term. – Hot Licks Apr 15 '18 at 20:51
  • There are many ways to fund a project; a bankroll is only one of them. – Xanne Apr 15 '18 at 22:26
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    ODO, for example, adds an 'informal' caveat. – Edwin Ashworth Apr 15 '18 at 22:42

Per the Oxford dictionary, bankroll is used informally. (Although there is no mention of any kind of negative connotation.)

Therefore, using another word (such as fund, finance, subsidize, or endow) would be better in formal writing.

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