budget

noun
bud·​get | \ ˈbə-jət How to pronounce budget (audio) \

Definition of budget

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 chiefly dialectal : a usually leather pouch, wallet, or pack also : its contents
2 : stock, supply
3 : a quantity (as of energy or water) involved in, available for, or assignable to a particular situation the A-bomb … yields its budget of energy … in a fraction of a secondScientific American Reader also : an account of gains and losses of such a quantity the global carbon budget

4 finance

a : a statement of the financial position of an administration (as of a nation) for a definite period of time based on estimates of expenditures during the period and proposals for financing them
b : a plan for the coordination of resources and expenditures develop a budget for her company
c : the amount of money that is available for, required for, or assigned to a particular purpose a weekly budget for a family of five a budget of less than $3000

budget

verb
budgeted; budgeting; budgets

Definition of budget (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1a : to put or allow for in a statement or plan coordinating resources and expenditures : to put or allow for in a budget budgeted $200 a month to pay back student loans funds budgeted by the administration for the project
b : to require to adhere to a budget Budget yourself wisely.
2a : to allocate funds for in a budget budget a new hospital
b : to plan or provide for the use of in detail budgeting manpower Budget your time wisely.

intransitive verb

: to put oneself on a budget budgeting for a vacation

budget

adjective

Definition of budget (Entry 3 of 3)

: suitable for someone whose is following a plan for coordinating resources and expenditures : suitable for one on a budget (see budget entry 1) : inexpensive

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Other Words from budget

Noun

budgetary \ ˈbə-​jə-​ˌter-​ē How to pronounce budgetary (audio) , -​ˌte-​rē \ adjective

Examples of budget in a Sentence

Noun

What's the average weekly budget for a family of five? The film has a million-dollar budget. He's been trying to live on a budget of less than $1,500 a month. We'll have to work out a budget so we can buy a new car.

Verb

They budgeted millions of dollars to make the film. The project is budgeted at more than $100,000. He budgets $50 for entertainment each month. If we budget carefully, we will be able to go on the trip. I need to learn how to budget my time more wisely.

Adjective

a budget phone plan for people on fixed incomes
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

From 1972 to 1990, federal spending amounted to about 15 percent of Indianapolis’s total budget and a big part of that was through revenue sharing. Peter Krouse, cleveland.com, "Under Unigov, Indianapolis had access to more money for economic development: Cleveland 2030, A Way Forward," 11 July 2019 Funding for the demonstrations, a Pentagon spokesman says, came from the services' training budgets for flying hours, and additional funds were used for the transportation of equipment. Grace Segers, CBS News, "D.C. mayor sends letter to Trump requesting reimbursement for parade costs," 10 July 2019 Then there is Congress, which controls NASA’s budget and seems increasingly uninterested in paying for the Moon mission. Alexandra Witze, Scientific American, "Can NASA Really Return People to the Moon by 2024?," 9 July 2019 The department has a $105.4 million budget and 391 employees. Colin Campbell, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore mayor names head of general services agency to take over troubled city transportation department," 8 July 2019 Aside from the obvious budget and time constraints, what was the biggest challenge for you when competing on the show? Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Meet Nicholas Obeid, The Winner of Bravo's Best Room Wins Season Finale," 4 July 2019 A few months earlier, Burlison, who has short gray hair and light blue eyes, had been elected by his peers as presiding judge, overseeing the city’s docket, budget and operations, including the contract with EMASS. Ava Kofman, ProPublica, "Digital Jail: How Electronic Monitoring Drives Defendants Into Debt," 3 July 2019 Emery has been afforded a measly £45m transfer budget and has been publicly critical of the Gunners' board's lack of investment. SI.com, "Nabil Fekir's Arsenal Move Could Be Dependent on the Sale of Gunners Big Earner," 3 July 2019 The number of full-time workers in these cities, which vary greatly in budgets and size, ranges from about 600 in Avondale to about 12,800 in Phoenix, according to the 2018 data. Jen Fifield, azcentral, "Here are the city jobs in Arizona that earn 6-figure salaries," 2 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Raimondo bemoaned the lack of a line-item veto — an issue that gained renewed attention amid controversy over $1 million budgeted for a Cranston chiropractor’s alternative brain therapy program. Edward Fitzpatrick, BostonGlobe.com, "Raimondo signs the state budget, but isn’t entirely happy about it," 5 July 2019 To put that spending in context, the sheriff’s office has just $15,000 budgeted for janitorial supplies this year. Connor Sheets | Csheets@al.com, al.com, "After losing reelection, these Alabama sheriffs took it out on their successors - and the public," 12 June 2019 To put that spending in context, the sheriff’s office has just $15,000 budgeted for janitorial supplies this year. Connor Sheets, ProPublica, "Wasted Funds, Destroyed Property: How Sheriffs Undermined Their Successors After Losing Reelection," 12 June 2019 The Balboa Island association, which represents 120 businesses in the Marine Avenue corridor, budgeted about $120,000, with $45,000 in new funds (all but $5,000 of it from the city grant) and $75,000 in carryover. Hillary Davis, latimes.com, "2 Newport Beach merchants associations lose half their city grants," 27 June 2019 That money has already been budgeted and approved by the city. Abigail Brone, courant.com, "Connecticut Riverwalk plans for extension to begin next year," 24 June 2019 In addition, $293 million was budgeted for engines, equipment, training, personnel and staffing. Kurtis Alexander, San Francisco Chronicle, "Can California avoid a third year of fire catastrophe? Here’s what’s been fixed — and what hasn’t," 20 June 2019 The incentives are budgeted at $1,400 per teacher, librarian, counselor and nurse. Kaila Contreras, Houston Chronicle, "Humble ISD teachers get 7% raise after Governor Abbott signs school finance reform bill HB3," 12 June 2019 The sign approved for Route 45 and Dunbar Road was budgeted at $31,120, according to project documents from the April 2018. Rick Kambic, chicagotribune.com, "Mundelein looks to add 'welcome' signs on two railroad bridges," 11 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Other investments include a 34 percent stake in Flynas, a budget airline that was considering an initial public offering this year, and a stake in food-producer Savola. Matthew Martin, Bloomberg.com, "Alwaleed, Caught in Saudi Purge, Has Assets Across Globe," 5 Nov. 2017

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First Known Use of budget

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1618, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Adjective

1941, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for budget

Noun, Verb, and Adjective

Middle English bowgette, from Middle French bougette, diminutive of bouge leather bag, from Latin bulga, of Celt origin; akin to Middle Irish bolg bag; akin to Old English belg bag — more at belly

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budget

noun

English Language Learners Definition of budget

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: an amount of money available for spending that is based on a plan for how it will be spent
: a plan used to decide the amount of money that can be spent and how it will be spent
: an official statement from a government about how much it plans to spend during a particular period of time and how it will pay for the expenses

budget

verb

English Language Learners Definition of budget (Entry 2 of 3)

: to plan to spend (an amount of money) for a particular purpose
: to make and follow a plan for spending your money
: to plan how to use (something, such as your time)

budget

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of budget (Entry 3 of 3)

: low in price : suitable for someone who is on a budget

budget

noun
bud·​get | \ ˈbə-jət How to pronounce budget (audio) \

Kids Definition of budget

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a statement of estimated income and expenses for a period of time
2 : a plan for using money

budget

verb
budgeted; budgeting

Kids Definition of budget (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to include in a plan for using money It's important to budget money for food.
2 : to plan for efficient use Budget your time wisely.

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