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Definition of budget verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    budget

     verb
    verb
    NAmE//ˈbʌdʒət//
     
    [intransitive, transitive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they budget
     
    he / she / it budgets
     
    past simple budgeted
     
    -ing form budgeting
     
     
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  1. to be careful about the amount of money you spend; to plan to spend an amount of money for a particular purpose If we budget carefully, we'll be able to afford the trip. budget for something I budgeted for two new members of staff. budget something (for something) Ten million dollars has been budgeted for the project. budget something (at something) The project has been budgeted at ten million dollars. Thesaurussavebudget economize tighten your beltThese words all mean to spend less money.save to keep money instead of spending it, often in order to buy a particular thing:I'm saving for a new car.budget to be careful about the amount of money you spend; to plan to spend an amount of money for a particular purpose:I've budgeted $1,000 to furnish my new apartment.economize to use less money, time, etc. than you normally usetighten your belt (somewhat informal) to spend less money because there is less available:My parents really had to tighten their belts after my mother retired.Patterns to save up/budget for something to have to save/budget/economize/tighten our belts to try to/manage to/be able to save/budget/economize
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    noun [uncountable]
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