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
And that means they also fall under the umbrella of programs most likely to get the axe when state and federal budgets are tight.
But with GOP governors slashing budgets across the country, can this odd alliance last?
Now, tuition accounts for an average of 36 percent of their operating budgets.The Student Loan Crisis That Isn’t About Kids at Harvard | Monica Potts | November 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The themes are treated more specifically in later episodes as budgets and allegories wore thin.
But this is the Middle East, after all, where budgets are small, and wars are plentiful.Trans in the Holy Land: ‘Marzipan Flowers,’ Tal Kallai, and the Shattering of Israel’s LGBT Taboos | Itay Hod | November 4, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
One of the first items drastically reduced in the local and state budgets was school expenditures.Hallowed Heritage: The Life of Virginia | Dorothy M. Torpey
These various budgets are given that we may be sure to have some approach to a standard for each part of the country.The American Country Girl | Martha Foote Crow
Here are the budgets of some of the shirt-waist makers who were earning Natalya's wage of $6 a week, or less than this wage.Making Both Ends Meet | Sue Ainslie Clark and Edith Wyatt
The yearly sums paid to the car companies by factory workers too exhausted to walk home are very striking in these budgets.Making Both Ends Meet | Sue Ainslie Clark and Edith Wyatt
The bailiff had now opened his books, and the Back o th Mooiners were unpacking their budgets on the pieceboards.Back o' the Moon | Oliver Onions
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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