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a. An itemized summary of estimated or intended expenditures for a given period along with proposals for financing them: submitted the annual budget to Congress.

b. A systematic plan for the expenditure of a usually fixed resource, such as money or time, during a given period: A new car will not be part of our budget this year.

c. The total sum of money allocated for a particular purpose or period of time: a project with an annual budget of five million dollars.

2. A stock or collection with definite limits: “his budget of general knowledge” (William Hazlitt).

3. Appalachian Mountains A wallet or small pouch.

v. budg·et·ed, budg·et·ing, budg·ets

1. To plan in advance the expenditure of: needed help budgeting our income; budgeted my time wisely.

2. To enter or account for in a budget: forgot to budget the car payments.


To make or use a budget.


1. Of or relating to a budget: budget items approved by Congress.

2. Appropriate for a restricted budget; inexpensive: a budget car; budget meals.

[Middle English bouget, wallet, from Old French bougette, diminutive of bouge, leather bag, from Latin bulga, of Celtic origin; see bhelgh- in Indo-European roots.]

budg′et·ar′y (bŭj′ĭ-tĕr′ē) adj.

budg′et·er, budg′et·eer′ (-ĭ-tîr′) n.

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