WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
budg•et /ˈbʌdʒɪt/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. Businessan estimate of expected income and expenses:drew up a budget and asked everyone to stick to it.
  2. Businessa list showing item by item how funds will be or have been used, etc., for a given period:showed him our budget of expenses.
  3. Businessa sum of money set aside for a particular purpose:The school construction budget won't be enough.

adj. [before a noun]
  1. reasonably or cheaply priced:budget seats.

  1. Businessto plan or deal with an amount of (funds, time, etc.): [+ object]We budgeted our time carefully.[+ for + object]We couldn't budget for every emergency.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
budg•et  (bujit),USA pronunciation n., adj., v.,  -et•ed, -et•ing. 
  1. Businessan estimate, often itemized, of expected income and expense for a given period in the future.
  2. Businessa plan of operations based on such an estimate.
  3. Businessan itemized allotment of funds, time, etc., for a given period.
  4. Businessthe total sum of money set aside or needed for a purpose:the construction budget.
  5. a limited stock or supply of something:his budget of goodwill.
  6. [Obs.]a small bag; pouch.

  1. reasonably or cheaply priced:budget dresses.

  1. Businessto plan allotment of (funds, time, etc.).
  2. Businessto deal with (specific funds) in a budget.

  1. to subsist on or live within a budget.
budg•et•ar•y  (buji ter′ē),USA pronunciation adj.  budget•er, n. 
  • Latin bulga; see bulge) + -ette -ette)
  • Middle French bougette (bouge bag (
  • late Middle English bowgett 1400–50

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

budget /ˈbʌdʒɪt/ n
  1. an itemized summary of expected income and expenditure of a country, company, etc, over a specified period, usually a financial year
  2. (modifier) economical; inexpensive: budget meals for a family
  3. the total amount of money allocated for a specific purpose during a specified period
vb ( -gets, -geting, -geted)
  1. (transitive) to enter or provide for in a budget
  2. to plan the expenditure of (money, time, etc)
  3. (intransitive) to make a budget
Etymology: 15th Century (meaning: leather pouch, wallet): from Old French bougette, diminutive of bouge, from Latin bulga, of Gaulish origin; compare Old English bælg bag

ˈbudgetary adj

Budget /ˈbʌdʒɪt/ n
  1. the Budgetan 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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