- suitable or fitting for a particular purpose, person, occasion, etc.: an appropriate example; an appropriate dress.
- belonging to or peculiar to a person; proper: Each played his appropriate part.
- to set apart, authorize, or legislate for some specific purpose or use: The legislature appropriated funds for the university.
- to take to or for oneself; take possession of.
- to take without permission or consent; seize; expropriate: He appropriated the trust funds for himself.
- to steal, especially to commit petty theft.
Origin of appropriate
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Examples from the Web for appropriate
The art of leadership is the ability to move between the two poles at the appropriate times.Fixing a Dysfunctional Family: Congress
November 9, 2014
It is indeed the human being's natural and appropriate response to danger.Ebola, ISIS, the Border: So Much to Fear, So Little Time!
November 2, 2014
The names of the three girls were entered into the appropriate databases, and their passports were flagged.How ISIS’s Colorado Girls Were Caught
October 22, 2014
But the ambiguity of “appropriate disciplinary action” is what is so frightening about the smoking ban.The University Of New Orleans’ Cigarette Ban Is Total BS
October 21, 2014
An appropriate level of concern was evident everywhere; panic was nowhere to be found.New York Nurses Are the Calm in Ebola’s Storm
October 21, 2014
I understood precisely why the name of 'Reddy' was appropriate to you.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
The dining-hall was decorated for the occasion with appropriate portraits.
Aside to audience in comic despair, with appropriate gesture.The Dramatic Values in Plautus
Wilton Wallace Blancke
But he did not have the work acted; it was sung in costume with a background of appropriate scenery.Handel
Edward J. Dent
They were appropriate to the place, and had been beautifully set to music.Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
- right or suitable; fitting
- rare particular; ownthey had their appropriate methods
- to take for one's own use, esp illegally or without permission
- to put aside (funds, etc) for a particular purpose or person
Word Origin and History for appropriate
"specially suitable, proper," early 15c., from Latin appropriatus, past participle of appropriare (see appropriate (v.)). Related: Appropriately; appropriateness.