budget

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noun

bud·​get ˈbə-jət How to pronounce budget (audio)
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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 secondScientific American Reader
also : an account of gains and losses of such a quantity
the global carbon budget
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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

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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

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
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
The conference, held twice yearly, is a key step in finalizing the state budget. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, 18 May 2024 However, the budget wasn’t enough to shoot in post-COVID India. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 18 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for budget 

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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 27 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

budget

1 of 2 noun
bud·​get ˈbəj-ət How to pronounce budget (audio)
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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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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
Etymology

Noun

Middle English bowgette "small leather pouch," derived from early French bouge "leather bag," from Latin bulga "leather bag" — related to bulge

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