Pronunciation: (u-prō"prē-ā'shun), [key]
1. the act of appropriating.
2. anything appropriated for a special purpose, esp. money.
3. an act of a legislature authorizing money to be paid from the treasury for a specified use.
4. the money thus authorized: a large appropriation for aid to libraries.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.