appropriation

Appropriation is the act of taking something, usually without permission, like stealing your brother's french fries when he is momentarily distracted.

Appropriation originally referred to the taking of private property, usually by the government. Nowadays, appropriation can be positive or negative, but generally refers to taking something and making it your own — like your appropriation of different musical styles during your talent show performance or your company’s appropriation of new technology to improve their product. Appropriation can also refer to the setting aside of funds by the government for a specific purpose, like for improving school systems or supporting the arts.

Primary Meanings of appropriation

1.
n
a deliberate act of acquisition of something, often without the permission of the owner
2.
n
money set aside (as by a legislature) for a specific purpose
Full Definitions of appropriation
1

n a deliberate act of acquisition of something, often without the permission of the owner

“the necessary funds were obtained by the government's appropriation of the company's operating unit”
“a person's appropriation of property belonging to another is dishonest”
Types:
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adoption, borrowing
the appropriation (of ideas or words etc) from another source
pre-emption, preemption
a prior appropriation of something
seizure
the taking possession of something by legal process
requisition, sequestration
seizing property that belongs to someone else and holding it until profits pay the demand for which it was seized
naturalisation, naturalization
changing the pronunciation of a borrowed word to agree with the borrowers' phonology
misappropriation
wrongful borrowing
arrogation, confiscation
seizure by the government
distraint, distress
the seizure and holding of property as security for payment of a debt or satisfaction of a claim
impounding, impoundment, internment, poundage
placing private property in the custody of an officer of the law
impress, impressment
the act of coercing someone into government service
recapture
a legal seizure by the government of profits beyond a fixed amount
crossover
the appropriation of a new style (especially in popular music) by combining elements of different genres in order to appeal to a wider audience
Type of:
acquiring, getting
the act of acquiring something

n incorporation by joining or uniting

Synonyms:
annexation
Type of:
incorporation
including by incorporating
2

n money set aside (as by a legislature) for a specific purpose

Types:
pork, pork barrel
a legislative appropriation designed to ingratiate legislators with their constituents
Type of:
money
the most common medium of exchange; functions as legal tender

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