1. The act of setting apart or assigning to a particular use or person, or of taking to one's self, in exclusion of all others; application to a special use or purpose, as of a piece of ground for a park, or of money to carry out some object.
2. Anything, especially money, thus set apart.
The Commons watched carefully over the appropriation. --Macaulay.
3. Law (a) The severing or sequestering of a benefice to the perpetual use of a spiritual corporation. Blackstone. (b) The application of payment of money by a debtor to his creditor, to one of several debts which are due from the former to the latter.
n 1: money set aside (as by a legislature) for a specific purpose
2: incorporation by joining or uniting [syn: annexation]
3: a deliberate act of acquisition