Definition of budget in English:

budget

Line breaks: budget
Pronunciation: /ˈbʌdʒɪt
 
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noun

1An estimate of income and expenditure for a set period of time: keep within the household budget
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  • This made for an expensive month when you take into account that the average European household's budget over the same period was just €725.
  • A raging budget deficit would seem to indicate the contrary.
  • Take a look at some of the bigger items of expenditure in your budget.
Synonyms
financial plan, financial estimate, financial blueprint, prediction of revenue and expenditure, forecast; accounts, statement, spreadsheet
1.1 (Budget) An annual or other regular estimate of national revenue and expenditure put forward by a finance minister: the government had put forward the biggest tax increases for any Budget in history
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  • It is the most forward-looking or progressive Budget of the five Budgets delivered by the minority coalition Government since we came to office 5 years ago.
  • At the mid-point of our time in office - and with two Budgets remaining after today - it is timely to review the progress made and set a new vision and strategy for the future.
  • As I have stated in my previous Budgets, I will fulfil the taxation commitments set out in our Programme for Government over the lifetime of this administration.
1.2The amount of money needed or available for a purpose: they have a limited budget
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  • The state legislature found money in its budget to cover the amount.
  • During economic downturns, states tend to balance their budgets by taking money away from infrastructure projects.
  • But the city has denied the request because there is not enough money allocated in the budget for excess fees.
Synonyms
allowance, allocation, allotment, quota, share, ration, helping, lot, slice; grant, award, funds, means, resources, wherewithal, capital
2 archaic A quantity of written or printed material.

verb (budgets, budgeting, budgeted)

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1Allow or provide a particular amount of money in a budget: the university is budgeting for a deficit
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  • Paying by direct deposit helps us to budget by allowing us to spread the cost of bills, avoid missing payments and save time.
  • It's essential we bring in as much tax as possible so we can provide the services we have budgeted for.
  • The harrowing scenes of grief at the funerals of the young victims were a dreadful reminder of the complacency that placed safety in second place to budgeting for so long.
Synonyms
1.1 [with object] Provide (a sum of money) for a particular purpose from a budget: the council proposes to budget £100,000 to provide grants (as adjective budgeted) a budgeted figure of £31,000
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  • When the employer refused to consider the union's proposals, the local decided to budget its own funds to prepare a clear language version of the contract.
  • The money was budgeted out of council funds with the aim of improving tourist facilities in the town.
  • As we fight a war today, we need to budget money to take care of the health needs of the men and women that are fighting that war.

adjective

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Inexpensive: a budget guitar
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  • Discount travel on budget airlines is real and finally cheap, although there is a potentially troubling lack of genuine competition.
  • A smaller luxury version of an inexpensive gift is better than a budget version of something bigger you cannot afford
  • The growth in budget airlines and cheap car hire means travel is not difficult.
Synonyms

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French bougette, diminutive of bouge 'leather bag', from Latin bulga 'leather bag, knapsack', of Gaulish origin. Compare with bulge. The word originally meant a pouch or wallet, and later its contents. In the mid 18th century, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, in presenting his annual statement, was said ‘to open the budget’. In the late 19th century the use of the term was extended from governmental to other finances.

Phrases

on a budget

With a restricted amount of money: we’re travelling on a budget
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  • The bottom line is both stores offer good value if you're feeding a family on a budget - especially if you shop carefully and look for the best deals.
  • Immediately we hopped on a public bus, a sure-fire way to see a city on a budget.
  • No charge for this tip particularly if you come to Rio on a budget.

Derivatives

budgetary

adjective
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  • The budgetary proposals will ensure that economic reforms and development go hand in hand.
  • The budgetary changes mean that investors are likely to reconsider the viability of some properties.
  • The council's decision had to take into account budgetary constraints and other demands on its resources.

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