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Definition of "budget" []

  • An itemized summary of estimated or intended expenditures for a given period along with proposals for financing them: submitted the annual budget to Congress. (noun)
  • A systematic plan for the expenditure of a usually fixed resource, such as money or time, during a given period: A new car will not be part of our budget this year. (noun)
  • The total sum of money allocated for a particular purpose or period of time: a project with an annual budget of five million dollars. (noun)
  • A stock or collection with definite limits: "his budget of general knowledge” ( William Hazlitt). (noun)
  • Appalachian Mountains A wallet or small pouch. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "budget" in a sentence
  • "• Poll shows Lib Dem supporters ready to leave the party after the massive budget cuts announced by the coalition in the emergency budget• G20 communiqué expected to avoid criticism of austerity programmes in Europe"
  • "Akaka���s bill gives the czar a budget for p.r. but no oversight over anyone else���s budget��� [and the] bill doesn���t specify to whom the czar would report ��� which leaves no one responsible when goals aren���t met."
  • "Each new budget message explained that, because of unforeseen circumstances, the promise of the previous year had not been met, but next year things would be better; next year there would be a balanced budget…."