- 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 appropriated
He has shifted $454 million of the ACA from appropriated purpose to another purpose.Why Boehner’s Lawsuit Against Obama Could Work
July 10, 2014
It just raised the ceiling on the amounts that may be appropriated.Obamacare, Impeachment, Iran, and More Political Predictions for 2014
December 30, 2013
Later, the Dukes of Burgundy appropriated the land and vines were revived by medieval monks.The Drink All You Want Holiday Wine
December 21, 2013
The majority of these works were “appropriated” (read as: stolen) by the Nazis before the war began.Nazi Art Hoard Just the Tip of the Iceberg for Lost Art
November 13, 2013
And they can be dangerous too – they can be manipulated or twisted or appropriated.Colum McCann Talks New Novel ‘TransAtlantic’ and Narrative4
June 14, 2013
They had, so to say, appropriated each other, and yet there had been no word of love between them.The Hunted Outlaw
Spiritual things can only be spiritually apprehended or appropriated.The Ministry of Intercession
As we must imitate her, and hadn't any of our own, we appropriated hers.The Universal Reciter
It is potential, not actual, and can only be appropriated by strenuous exertion.Meno
The Manxman may have appropriated them, but if he did so he was in a deadly earnest mood.The Little Manx Nation - 1891
- 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 appropriated
"specially suitable, proper," early 15c., from Latin appropriatus, past participle of appropriare (see appropriate (v.)). Related: Appropriately; appropriateness.