budget

noun
bud·get | \ˈbə-jət \

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, -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

As my colleague David Sims wrote on Monday, Netflix plans to spend between $12 and $13 billion this year on original programming, while HBO’s budget in 2017 was a thrifty $2.5 billion by comparison. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "Emmy Nominations 2018: Netflix Takes Over," 12 July 2018 But that still might not be enough of a delay for the most budget-conscious Tesla buyers. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Tesla will be the first automaker to lose the federal tax credit for electric cars," 12 July 2018 Turo is a network of car owners who rent their personal vehicles to travelers for budget-friendly rates. Jennifer Jolly, USA TODAY, "How I saved $500 on my vacation ... and how you can, too," 12 July 2018 The budget for the new fiscal year, for example, is already well overdue. Adam Vaccaro, BostonGlobe.com, "A Blue Line to Lynn? Advocates are pushing a new way to fund transportation projects," 12 July 2018 The 2017 National Defense Authorization act, better known as the U.S. defense budget, included language mandating a flyoff between the two planes to determine whether or not the F-35 has the chops to do the CAS mission after all. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Long Awaited A-10 vs.-F-35 Flyoff Is Off to a Sketchy Start," 11 July 2018 The Chamber, in partnership with IPS, has been combing through the district's budget, expenditures and needs in hopes of identifying cost savings that would reduce that ask. Arika Herron, Indianapolis Star, "Chamber calls for nearly $500M in IPS cuts in exchange for support of $100M tax hike," 11 July 2018 The county has pledged funding for the program for six years with a $747,000 budget, funded by both outside sponsorships and county dollars. Kate Magill, Howard County Times, "County hopes to double use of bikeshare program in second year," 9 July 2018 The town has brought in assistance in the form of some poll workers to help prepare for the upcoming elections and budget, both of which have been keeping the town hall busy, according to Gresch. Henry J. Morgan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "After her predecessor's abrupt resignation, Lisbon interim administrator to stay on for foreseeable future," 9 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The high school was budgeted at $25 million with the school raising $20 million then borrowing the remaining $5 million. Meredith Colias-pete, Post-Tribune, "New Illiana Christian High School set to open in August," 13 July 2018 Bartle Wells reported the actual recycled water operational and maintenance expenses was $418,478 in 2016, but the district is budgeting $621,075 for those same expenses in the 2017-18 budget. Julie Gallant, Ramona Sentinel, "RMWD board to weigh recycled water rate hikes," 28 Mar. 2018 Care for the environment on the project budgeted at $4.1 billion runs far deeper than the tunnels, though. William Steel, Ars Technica, "An inside look at how Sweden is building the world’s second-longest tunnel," 10 Mar. 2018 One group that is in talks has nearly $1 million budgeted for meal expenses, Church said. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky International Convention Center on pace for August opening," 28 June 2018 The House plan includes millions budgeted for a state work-training program expansion. Melissa Fletcher Stoeltje, San Antonio Express-News, "Proposed rules for food assistance have critics up in arms," 15 May 2018 The $30 million is almost double the $13 million budgeted for the prosecutor's office. Justin Madden, cleveland.com, "Feds collect $30 million from prosecutions, nearly doubling budget for 2017," 19 Jan. 2018 For legal services during current fiscal year, village budgeted $2 million. Mike Nolan, Daily Southtown, "Tinley Park racks up $2M in legal bills for apartment lawsuits," 27 Mar. 2018 Renters should consider when their lease will expire and should consider budgeting for a month-to-month extension. Stacey Mckenna For Carpenter Realtors, Indianapolis Star, "Readiness and resilience key to finding your home in a seller's market," 19 Mar. 2018

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

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

Verb

see budget entry 1

Adjective

see budget entry 1

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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 \

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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