late 14c., "taking (something) as private property," from Late Latin appropriationem (nominative appropriatio) "a making one's own," noun of action from past participle stem of appropriare (see appropriate). Meaning "setting aside for some purpose" (especially of money) first attested 1789 in U.S. Constitution.
1. Other charges include fraud and illegal appropriation of land.
2. dishonest appropriation of property
3. Our government made an appropriation for the project.
4. The council could note an annual appropriation for this service.
5. If Congress would make a sufficient appropriation, a colossal benefit would result.