appropriation (n.)

late 14c., appropriacioun, "the taking of (something) as private property," from Late Latin appropriationem (nominative appropriatio) "a making one's own," noun of action from past-participle stem of appropriare "to make one's own," from Latin ad "to" (see ad-) + propriare "take as one's own," from proprius "one's own" (see proper).

The meaning "act of setting aside for some purpose" (especially of money) is attested by 1727.

updated on September 24, 2022