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Pronunciation:  u`prowpree'eyshun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a deliberate act of acquisition
  2. [n]  incorporation by joining or uniting
  3. [n]  money set aside (as by a legislature) for a specific purpose

APPROPRIATION is a 13 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: annexation
 See Also: acquiring, adoption, borrowing, getting, incorporation, money, pork, pork barrel, preemption, pre-emption, requisition, seizure, sequestration



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Ap*pro`pri*a"tion\, n. [L. appropriatio: cf. F.
1. The act of setting apart or assigning to a particular use
   or person, or of taking to one's self, in exclusion of all
   others; application to a special use or purpose, as of a
   piece of ground for a park, or of money to carry out some

2. Anything, especially money, thus set apart.

         The Commons watched carefully over the
         appropriation.                        --Macaulay.

3. (Law)
   (a) The severing or sequestering of a benefice to the
       perpetual use of a spiritual corporation. Blackstone.
   (b) The application of payment of money by a debtor to his
       creditor, to one of several debts which are due from
       the former to the latter. --Chitty.

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