- 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
SynonymsSee more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for appropriates
What happens when the Soviet Union appropriates one of the most beloved characters in children's literature?Viral Video of the Day: Russian Winnie-the-Pooh
April 17, 2014
Detractors have always said Apple invents little and appropriates a lot.Don't Bet Against Apple
August 25, 2011
Captain Kitson is not content with putting on my apron, but he appropriates my petticoats also.Flora Lyndsay
He remains original, even while he appropriates the words and thoughts of another.The Expositor's Bible:
He appropriates Ritualism for Religion and it becomes his doctrine.Is the Devil a Myth?
C. F. Wimberly
Accordingly, to sanction idolatry, it appropriates the name of the Word of God.Epistle Sermons, Vol. III
If he appropriates it, then not only the earth, but the right to it too, belongs to him.The Ego and His Own
- 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 appropriates
"specially suitable, proper," early 15c., from Latin appropriatus, past participle of appropriare (see appropriate (v.)). Related: Appropriately; appropriateness.