Meaning of “appropriation” in the English Dictionary

(Definition of “appropriation” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"appropriation" in American English

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appropriationnoun [ C ]

us /əˌproʊ·priˈeɪ·ʃən/

an amount of money kept separate to use for a particular purpose, esp. by a government:

The city council approved an appropriation of $10,000 to plant trees.

(Definition of “appropriation” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"appropriation" in Business English

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appropriationnoun [ C or U ]

uk /əˌprəʊpriˈeɪʃən/ us

also capital appropriation FINANCE a sum of money to be used for a particular purpose:

an appropriation of $1 million/€5000/£20,000, etc. Campus leaders are seeking an emergency appropriation of roughly $25 million, mostly for repairs to neglected buildings.
an appropriation for sth New appropriations for the military would grow only modestly.

the act of taking something that belongs to someone else:

The demonstrators called on the government to speed up the appropriation of land from large estate owners and hand it over to the poor.
The Securities and Futures Authority yesterday expelled a former director of the brokerage for "dishonest appropriation of client assets".

(Definition of “appropriation” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)