appropriation

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

Definition of appropriation

  1. 1 :  an act or instance of appropriating something

  2. 2 :  something that has been appropriated; specifically :  money set aside by formal action for a specific use the city's appropriation for schools

appropriative

play \-ˈprō-prē-ˌā-tiv\ adjective

Examples of appropriation in a Sentence

  1. the appropriation of funds to repair the bridge

  2. The economy has been weakened by the appropriation of the country's resources by corrupt officials.

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Origin and Etymology of appropriation

see 2appropriate


APPROPRIATION Defined for Kids

appropriation

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

Definition of appropriation for Students

  1. 1 :  an act or instance of taking especially illegally or unfairly

  2. 2 :  the act or an instance of setting apart for a special purpose

  3. 3 :  a sum of money set apart for a special purpose



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