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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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  • As we go swiftly on we realize the appropriateness of the epithet ever applied to the Rhne.

    The Roof of France

    Matilda Betham-Edwards

  • Got the biggest sense of appropriateness of any man in the county, Wilkerson has.

  • No arguments can be drawn from the appropriateness or inappropriateness of the characters of Plato.

  • It was not until the next morning that they fully understood the appropriateness of the direction.

    We Two

    Edna Lyall

  • One of the Abbey's first charms is the appropriateness of its gardens; they too are old.


British Dictionary definitions for appropriateness

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 appropriateness

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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