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appropriation

noun [C or U] uk   /əˌprəʊ.priˈeɪ.ʃən/ us    /-ˌproʊ-/

appropriation noun [C or U] (TAKING)

the act of taking something for your own use, usually without permission: The author objected to the appropriation of his story by an amateur film maker.StealingTaking things away from someone or somewhereRemoving and getting rid of things

appropriation noun [C or U] (SUM OF MONEY)

formal an amount of money to be used for a particular purpose: The committee approved an appropriation of £10,000. [often plural] The foundation was promised a seven percent increase to bring its appropriations to $2.07 billion.General words for amounts of moneyLarge amounts of moneySmall amounts of money
(Definition of appropriation from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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