line item


Definition of line item

: an appropriation that is itemized on a separate line in a budget

Other Words from line item

line-item \ ˈlīn-​ˈī-​təm How to pronounce line item (audio) \ adjective

Examples of line item in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The mayor could accept or reject the council’s version of the budget and amend any line item in that version., 31 Oct. 2021 Beyond the supply cost increases, Peoples Gas customers are also paying about $13.28 per month to fund the utility’s massive pipeline replacement program, a line item on the bill that is about $2 higher than last year. Robert Channick,, 14 Oct. 2021 Right now, such funding for jails is only approved on a case-by-case basis if lawmakers insert a line item into the state’s two-year budget bill. Laura Hancock, cleveland, 14 Oct. 2021 When the House and Senate appropriations committees meet to decide how much the CDC will get for each line item, they are barraged by lobbyists for individual disease interests. Talia Herman, ProPublica, 1 Nov. 2021 The Office of Housing supports the creation of the team, director Marilyn Harris said, and has included it as a line item in its bid for ARP funding. Bailey Loosemore, The Courier-Journal, 5 Oct. 2021 Each team member can select one symbol or character that represents their thoughts on each line item. William Diggin, Forbes, 3 Sep. 2021 At least one resident urged council members not to approve the 2022 budget until Animal Control is specified with a clear line item. al, 15 Sep. 2021 Commercial cleaning was once thought of as an ancillary budget line item — something that could be handled by the lowest-price mom and pop shop. Adam Povlitz, Forbes, 30 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of line item

1962, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of line item was in 1962

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1 Dec 2021

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“Line item.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2021.

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