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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.
Contemporary Examples

The 11 Worst Sequel Ideas to Come out of Hollywood Chancellor Agard November 19, 2013
The Drunken Sailors Are All Republicans Michael Tomasky May 22, 2012
For Movie Studios, March Is Hot Chris Lee March 2, 2011
The Battle of the Deficit Bulge Has Been Won Daniel Gross October 5, 2014
How America Blew It in Syria Christopher Brownfield October 27, 2008

Historical Examples

Jennie Gerhardt Theodore Dreiser
The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook
Foods and Household Management Helen Kinne
Herbert Hoover Vernon Kellogg
The 1926 Tatler Various

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
verb -gets, -geting, -geted
(transitive) to enter or provide for in a budget
to plan the expenditure of (money, time, etc)
(intransitive) to make a budget
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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