ap·​pro·​pri·​a·​tion | \ ə-ˌprō-prē-ˈā-shən \

Definition of appropriation 

1 : an act or instance of appropriating something
2 : something that has been appropriated specifically : money set aside by formal action for a specific use the city's appropriation for schools

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appropriative \ -​ˈprō-​prē-​ˌā-​tiv \ adjective

Examples of appropriation in a Sentence

the appropriation of funds to repair the bridge The economy has been weakened by the appropriation of the country's resources by corrupt officials.

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Meanwhile, the appropriation of industrial elements in residential and hospitality interior design was gaining popularity. Laura Fenton, Curbed, "How the ‘modern farmhouse’ look took over," 21 Nov. 2018 But Greece viewed Macedonia's name as cultural appropriation, especially when right-wingers in Macedonia renamed the Skopje airport after Alexander the Great. Ken Jennings, Condé Nast Traveler, "Macedonia Is Getting a New Name (Sort Of)," 27 Aug. 2018 Hundreds of people took to Twitter to criticize Madonna's speech, accusing her of erasure, cultural appropriation, and self-indulgence. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Madonna Just Responded to the Backlash Over Her Aretha Franklin Speech at the VMAs," 21 Aug. 2018 The remote worker incentive program will launch with a $500,000 appropriation from the Legislature, and the total payouts will be capped each year. April Mccullum, ajc, "This state will pay you $10,000 to live there and work remotely," 1 June 2018 However, according to The Hill, both chambers recently received funds to pay interns in appropriations bills in 2018, set to take effect in 2019. Christianna Silva, Teen Vogue, "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Promises She Will Pay Her Congressional Interns, Unlike Much of Congress Historically," 5 Dec. 2018 The Senate returned to its regular process of passing appropriations bills, and the budget process featured less drama than in years past. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "A Consequential Congress," 1 Nov. 2018 The House passed an appropriations bill on Wednesday that increases military spending for the next fiscal year and keeps the government open through Dec. 7, leaving the legislation in President Trump’s hands days before funding expires on Oct. 1. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Dems opt to stick it out with Pelosi," 28 Sep. 2018 Senator Flake has recently introduced an amendment to the Defense Department appropriations bill currently in Congress. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "A Senator Wants to End Funding for MIT's Beerbots," 31 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of appropriation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for appropriation

see appropriate entry 2

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ap·​pro·​pri·​a·​tion | \ ə-ˌprō-prē-ˈā-shən \

Kids Definition of appropriation

1 : an act or instance of taking especially illegally or unfairly
2 : the act or an instance of setting apart for a special purpose
3 : a sum of money set apart for a special purpose

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