appropriation - definition and synonyms

noun [countable/uncountable] formal 

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  1. 1
    money that must be used in a particular way, according to an official decision
    appropriation for:

    The budget includes an appropriation of £385 million for infrastructure improvements.

  2. 2
    legal the action of taking something, especially when you have no right to take it

    Mere appropriation without any intention to permanently deprive the owner cannot constitute theft.