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appropriate

[adjective uh-proh-pree-it; verb uh-proh-pree-eyt]
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adjective
  1. suitable or fitting for a particular purpose, person, occasion, etc.: an appropriate example; an appropriate dress.
  2. belonging to or peculiar to a person; proper: Each played his appropriate part.
verb (used with object), ap·pro·pri·at·ed, ap·pro·pri·at·ing.
  1. to set apart, authorize, or legislate for some specific purpose or use: The legislature appropriated funds for the university.
  2. to take to or for oneself; take possession of.
  3. to take without permission or consent; seize; expropriate: He appropriated the trust funds for himself.
  4. to steal, especially to commit petty theft.

Origin of appropriate

1515–25; < Late Latin appropriātus made one's own (past participle of appropriāre), equivalent to Latin ap- ap-1 + propri(us) one's own + -ātus -ate1
Related formsap·pro·pri·ate·ly, adverbap·pro·pri·ate·ness, nounap·pro·pri·a·tive [uh-proh-pree-ey-tiv, -uh-tiv] /əˈproʊ priˌeɪ tɪv, -ə tɪv/, adjectiveap·pro·pri·a·tive·ness, nounap·pro·pri·a·tor, nounnon·ap·pro·pri·a·tive, adjectivequa·si-ap·pro·pri·ate, adjectivequa·si-ap·pro·pri·ate·ly, adverbre·ap·pro·pri·ate, verb (used with object), re·ap·pro·pri·at·ed, re·ap·pro·pri·at·ing.well-ap·pro·pri·at·ed, adjective
Can be confusedappropriate apropos expropriate

Synonyms

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1. befitting, apt, meet, felicitous, suited, proper, due, becoming, pertinent. 3. apportion, allocate, assign.

Antonyms

1. unsuitable, inept.
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Examples from the Web for appropriated

Contemporary Examples

Historical Examples

  • They had, so to say, appropriated each other, and yet there had been no word of love between them.

  • Spiritual things can only be spiritually apprehended or appropriated.

  • As we must imitate her, and hadn't any of our own, we appropriated hers.

  • It is potential, not actual, and can only be appropriated by strenuous exertion.

    Meno

    Plato

  • The Manxman may have appropriated them, but if he did so he was in a deadly earnest mood.


British Dictionary definitions for appropriated

appropriate

adjective (əˈprəʊprɪɪt)
  1. right or suitable; fitting
  2. rare particular; ownthey had their appropriate methods
verb (əˈprəʊprɪˌeɪt) (tr)
  1. to take for one's own use, esp illegally or without permission
  2. to put aside (funds, etc) for a particular purpose or person
Derived Formsappropriable, adjectiveappropriately, adverbappropriateness, nounappropriative, adjectiveappropriator, noun

Word Origin

C15: from Late Latin appropriāre to make one's own, from Latin proprius one's own; see proper
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for appropriated

appropriate

v.

early 15c., "take possession of," from Late Latin appropriatus, past participle of appropriare, adpropriare (c.450) "to make one's own," from Latin ad- "to" (see ad-) + propriare "take as one's own," from proprius "one's own" (see proper). Related: Appropriated; appropriating.

appropriate

adj.

"specially suitable, proper," early 15c., from Latin appropriatus, past participle of appropriare (see appropriate (v.)). Related: Appropriately; appropriateness.

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