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

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appropriative \ ə-​ˈprō-​prē-​ˌā-​tiv How to pronounce appropriative (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 While cultural appropriation in K-pop is common, apologies from idols or entertainment companies are rare. Elizabeth De Luna,, "The Joy & Rage of Being Black In Fandom Right Now," 26 June 2020 NBC Universal is not the only platform rethinking its content as conversations about offensive media and cultural appropriation grow louder. Rachel Yang,, "30 Rock episodes with blackface pulled from streaming, syndication following Tina Fey's request," 23 June 2020 Wisconsin has seen a decline of per-student appropriation of about 43% since 2006. Natallie St. Onge, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "With funding down and likely getting worse, federal government must help regional universities, report says," 22 June 2020 The appropriation for Confederate Memorial Park is in the budget for state agencies approved annually by the Legislature. Mike Cason |, al, "House minority leader wants to end tax support for Confederate park," 14 June 2020 For months, Coggeshall and a team including a photographer, an engineer and a trail expert helped prepare a snappy presentation that would give them a chance at their slice of the appropriation pie before the review board. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Trail grant means Seabrook will get own ‘mountain’ view," 10 June 2020 Cultural appropriation itself is suspect, especially when members of a dominant culture take from minority cultures. Jeremy Hallock, Dallas News, "Fort Worth biscuit restaurant removes hip-hop references from menu after social media backlash," 9 June 2020 Several people at the protest carried signs, accusing Trump of religious appropriation. Nicholas Rowan, Washington Examiner, "'Not a sincere Christian': Catholic archdiocese protests Trump in front of the White House," 8 June 2020 The sponsors of the act say issuing the contract before the appropriation is contrary to the way state agenices normally operate and would bind the state to an agreement that lawmakers have not properly reviewed. Los Angeles Times, "California Assembly wants bullet train contract deferred to redirect funding to cities," 5 June 2020

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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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2 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Appropriation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of appropriation

: the act of getting or saving money for a specific use or purpose
: the act of taking or using something especially in a way that is illegal, unfair, etc.
: an amount of money that is used or provided by a government for a specific purpose


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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