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From Middle English appropriacion, appropriacioun, from Medieval Latin appropriātiō.

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  • (US) IPA(key): /əˌpɹoʊpɹiˈeɪʃən/
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  • Rhymes: -eɪʃən

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appropriation (countable and uncountable, plural appropriations)

  1. An act or instance of appropriating.
  2. That which is appropriated.
  3. Public funds set aside for a specific purpose.
    • 1984 April 21, Christine Guilfoy, “Gay Lobby Hires New Executive Director”, in Gay Community News, page 3:
      Bush said that GRNL had lost touch with the grassroots, and as a result was unable to push legislation and lobby for higher appropriations for AIDS.
  4. (art) The use of borrowed elements in the creation of a new work.
  5. (sociology) The assimilation of concepts into a governing framework.
  6. In church law, the making over of a benefice to an owner who receives the tithes, but is bound to appoint a vicar for the spiritual service of the parish.
  7. (constitutional law) The principle that supplies granted by a legislature are only to be expended in the manner specified by that legislature.

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From Latin appropriātiōnem.

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appropriation f (plural appropriations)

  1. appropriation

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