ap·​pro·​pri·​a·​tion | \ ə-ˌprō-prē-ˈā-shən How to pronounce appropriation (audio) \

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

Other Words from appropriation

appropriative \ ə-​ˈprō-​prē-​ˌā-​tiv How to pronounce appropriation (audio) \ 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.
Recent Examples on the Web For many others, the Kardashians have come to represent late capitalist greed, influencer vapidity and cultural appropriation. Mj Corey,, 9 May 2022 But the money still needs to be included in an appropriation measure before it can be doled out. Keith Laing,, 16 Feb. 2022 More detailed information will come during the appropriation request. Carrie Napoleon,, 12 Jan. 2022 Higher education officials in several other states also have submitted requests for large appropriation increases for the upcoming fiscal year. Michael T. Nietzel, Forbes, 1 Jan. 2022 Currently, the authority is lobbying for passage of an appropriation bill making its way through the Florida House. Kevin Spear,, 22 Dec. 2021 An appropriation ordinance requires a minimum of 10 votes to pass on its first reading. Tom Sissom, Arkansas Online, 17 Dec. 2021 Every year, Congress is supposed to pass a series of appropriation bills before Oct. 1 to fund the government. NBC News, 3 Dec. 2021 Transformative use most often turns up in cases of commentary or satire, or with appropriation artists like Andy Warhol. New York Times, 5 Oct. 2021 See More

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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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16 May 2022

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“Appropriation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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ap·​pro·​pri·​a·​tion | \ ə-ˌprō-prē-ˈā-shən How to pronounce appropriation (audio) \

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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