- 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 appropriately
Indeed, as an almost purely advisory firm, Lazard is (appropriately) barely affected by the Dodd-Frank reforms.Antonio Weiss Is Not Part of the Problem
January 7, 2015
Outside I felt, well, appropriately post-coital, given the situation.The Life and Art of Radical Provocateur—and Commune Leader—Otto Muehl
September 22, 2014
The pageant came back to Atlantic City and, appropriately, took a big gamble.The Real Housewives of Miss America
September 21, 2014
Either way, the organization failed to appropriately punish criminal behavior.Are You Ready For Some Domestic Abuse? Thursday Night Football Pulls Rihanna
September 12, 2014
Selznick was appropriately fretful from the start about length.How 'Gone With the Wind' Got Made
September 10, 2014
Cephalus, the patriarch of the house, has been appropriately engaged in offering a sacrifice.The Republic
Some of them too are derived from Crete, and are appropriately transferred to a Cretan colony.Laws
This was over a pulque shop, which seemed to be appropriately designated.Aztec Land
Maturin M. Ballou
Lydia did not quite hear what the word was, but she thought he was appropriately swearing.The Prisoner
This may appropriately be followed by a Quaker meeting for worship.Marriage Enrichment Retreats
- 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 appropriately
"specially suitable, proper," early 15c., from Latin appropriatus, past participle of appropriare (see appropriate (v.)). Related: Appropriately; appropriateness.