an estimate, often itemized, of expected income and expense for a given period in the future.
a plan of operations based on such an estimate.
an itemized allotment of funds, time, etc., for a given period.
the total sum of money set aside or needed for a purpose: the construction budget.
a limited stock or supply of something: his budget of goodwill.
Obsolete. a small bag; pouch.
reasonably or cheaply priced: budget dresses.
to plan allotment of (funds, time, etc.).
to deal with (specific funds) in a budget.
to subsist on or live within a budget.
- budg·et·ar·y [buhj-i-ter-ee], /ˈbʌdʒ ɪˌtɛr i/, adjective
- budg·et·er, noun
- non·budg·et·ar·y, adjective
- pre·budg·et, noun, adjective
- pre·budg·et·ar·y, adjective
- pro-budg·et·ing, adjective
- re·budg·et, verb (used with object), re·budg·et·ed, re·budg·et·ing.
- un·budg·et·ed, adjective
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How to use budget in a sentence
Between 1974—when the modern era of budgeting started on Capitol Hill—and 1980, there were several government shutdowns.
People who live on chronically low incomes know all about budgeting.McDonald’s and Visa Conjure Fantasy Budget for Low-Wage Employees | Daniel Gross | July 16, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
But we should not act as if this is a substitute for sensible budgeting.
In any kind of budgeting situation, you want to start with the moves that are the least painful.
Our messages about war budgeting and the money in politics are the same for both Democrats and Republicans.Medea Benjamin and Code Pink Protest the RNC in Tampa | Lynn Waddell | August 28, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
We might well begin with common sense in Federal budgeting: government spending no more than government takes in.
“Budgeting always forces a last-minute compromise,” Fay shrugged.The Creature from Cleveland Depths | Fritz Reuter Leiber
British Dictionary definitions for budget (1 of 2)
an itemized summary of expected income and expenditure of a country, company, etc, over a specified period, usually a financial year
an estimate of income and a plan for domestic expenditure of an individual or a family, often over a short period, such as a month or a week
a restriction on expenditure (esp in the phrase on a budget)
(modifier) economical; inexpensive: budget meals for a family
the total amount of money allocated for a specific purpose during a specified period
archaic a stock, quantity, or supply
(tr) to enter or provide for in a budget
to plan the expenditure of (money, time, etc)
(intr) to make a budget
- budgetary, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for Budget (2 of 2)
the Budget an estimate of British government expenditures and revenues and the financial plans for the ensuing fiscal year presented annually to the House of Commons by the Chancellor of the Exchequer
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