Definition of appropriation in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˌprōprēˈāSH(ə)n/


1The action of taking something for one’s own use, typically without the owner’s permission: the appropriation of parish funds
More example sentences
  • Looting of their properties and appropriation of their business establishments are undertaken to ensure that they do not return.
  • Firstly extending CPOs in this way would be yet another indication of the increased regulation of private property and its easy appropriation by the State.
  • The genocide, dehumanisation of the people through forced labour, expropriation of land and appropriation of cattle all contributed to the redefinition of manhood.
1.1often derogatory The artistic practice or technique of reworking images from well-known paintings, photographs, etc., in one’s own work.
Example sentences
  • She presents her appropriation of pornographic images of women, taken directly from porn magazines, as a reaction against the conservative religious values of her native Egypt.
  • Because of the role celebrities play in our society, the creative appropriation of celebrity images can also be an important avenue for individual expression.
  • The appropriation and resignification of images and other cultural products, of course, is a common cross-cultural occurrence.
2A sum of money or total of assets devoted to a special purpose.
Example sentences
  • So he's going to remind us that our homeland is more secure, but it needs to be even more secure yet, meaning appropriations of money.
  • I think there will be money in a supplemental appropriation as early as next week.
  • The responsibility rests entirely with Congress allocating the appropriations required and with the executive branch of the Government.


Late Middle English: from late Latin appropriatio(n-), from appropriare 'make one's own' (see appropriate).

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Syllabification: ap·pro·pri·a·tion

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