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Definition of appropriation noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable, singular] (formal or law) the act of taking something that belongs to someone else, especially without permission dishonest appropriation of property The film company sued them over their appropriation of a cartoon character. compare
  2. 2[uncountable, singular] (formal) the act of keeping or saving money for a particular purpose a meeting to discuss the appropriation of funds
  3. 3[countable] (formal) a sum of money to be used for a particular purpose, especially by a government or company an appropriation of $20,000 for debt payment
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