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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.

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.
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