I. noun 1. [ mass noun] — the action of appropriating something • dishonest appropriation of property.
2. the deliberate reworking of images and styles from earlier, well-known works of art. • the hallmark of postmodernism has turned out to be appropriation.
3. a sum of money allocated officially for a particular use. • success in obtaining appropriations for projects.
• [as modifier]
the appropriation accounts.
– origin late Middle English: from late Latin appropriatio(n-), from appropriare ‘make one’s own’ (see appropriate).