budget

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noun

bud·​get ˈbə-jət How to pronounce budget (audio)
1
chiefly dialectal : a usually leather pouch, wallet, or pack
also : its contents
2
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 second Scientific 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
budgetary adjective

budget

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verb

budgeted; budgeting; budgets

transitive verb

1
a
: 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.
2
a
: 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

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adjective

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

Example Sentences

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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
The Black Phone was a critical and slow-burning box office hit, making almost $160 million worldwide on a budget of $18 million. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 Nov. 2022 In motorcycle racing circles, he was known as an underdog working on a tight budget. Rick Barrett, Journal Sentinel, 21 Nov. 2022 As Roku builds up its ecosystem of products, the Indoor Smart Plug SE serves as a solid way to control your non-smart devices on a budget. Christian De Looper, BGR, 21 Nov. 2022 This indie flick was produced on a low budget and with minimal equipment by a trio of filmmakers-slash-skiers—Henrik Rostrup, Kris Ostness, and Howie Arnstad. Megan Michelson, Outside Online, 16 Nov. 2022 Save Our Access also appeared to run a more organized campaign this go around with rallies in Pacific Beach and Mission, all while on a limited budget. Jennifer Van Grove, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Nov. 2022 With water-repellant fabric and plenty of colors to choose from, this curtain offers plenty of options to spruce up a small space on a budget. Andrea Wurzburger, Better Homes & Gardens, 15 Nov. 2022 But Rietnergen stresses that the aesthetic can also be achieved by those decorating on a budget. Hanna Pham, CNN, 15 Nov. 2022 Where can someone shop for the workplace while on a budget? Monique Wilson, Glamour, 14 Nov. 2022
Verb
And on second viewing, David Zinn’s set seems less a testament to ingenuity than to budget constraints. Peter Marks, Washington Post, 28 Sep. 2022 Cronin said that with the start of the new school year, motorists should budget additional time to get to their morning or afternoon destinations. Alison Cross, Hartford Courant, 28 Aug. 2022 That need to budget may have contributed to more than half (56%) of shoppers beginning their return to school purchases by early July, up from 51% in 2021 and 52% in 2020, the NRF found. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, 25 Aug. 2022 But federal relief money will run out soon: districts must budget that money by September 2024. The Christian Science Monitor, 1 Aug. 2022 At the same time, leaders should also budget for such investments to grow these skills in a highly dynamic global economy. Rebecca Henderson, Forbes, 2 June 2022 Go back to the gold standard and bring accountability to these people that don’t know how to budget! Anchorage Daily News, 5 Aug. 2022 Dr Pitts further adds that expecting working-class people to know how to budget their way out of the worst cost of living crisis in decades is a huge and unfeasible request. Beth Ashley, refinery29.com, 28 July 2022 Students should learn the basics of how to budget money. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 30 June 2022
Adjective
But mid-budget action is a tough sell theatrically, with the cost of P&A often restrictively expensive. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Nov. 2022 Together, their instincts and talent for producing mid-budget studio titles has proven these films can still attract a theatrical audience. Pat Saperstein, Variety, 3 Nov. 2022 But Hollywood hasn’t figured out what to do with mid-budget comedies since superhero movies took over the box office. Eliana Dockterman, Time, 30 Sep. 2022 The marketing team works closely with CAA Media Finance, led by Roeg Sutherland and Benjamin Kramer, which funds and packages many indies and mid-budget commercial fare. Matt Donnelly, Variety, 4 Oct. 2022 Catherine Called Birdy is the kind of small, mid-budget adolescent film that rarely gets made anymore. Jourdain Searles, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 Sep. 2022 What has changed substantially since Peter Hyams began directing, in the early 70s, and since John’s first features from the mid-2000s, is the market for mid-budget genre films. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 Sep. 2022 However, theaters are now almost entirely dependent on mega-budget action fantasies. Scott Mendelson, Forbes, 15 July 2022 Somebody stuffed pro-budget cut materials in peoples’ mailboxes. Peter Greene, Forbes, 17 May 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

Verb

derivative of budget entry 1

Adjective

from attributive use of budget entry 1

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of budget was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Budget.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/budget. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

budget 1 of 2

noun

bud·​get ˈbəj-ət How to pronounce budget (audio)
1
2
a
: a statement of estimated income and expenses
b
: a plan for using money
c
: the amount of money available for some purpose
budgetary adjective

budget

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verb

1
: to put on or in a budget
budget $50 for entertainment
2
: to provide funds for in a budget
budget a new car
3
: to plan the use of
budget one's time

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