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[adjective uh-proh-pree-it; verb uh-proh-pree-eyt] /adjective əˈproʊ pri ɪt; verb əˈproʊ priˌeɪt/
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), appropriated, appropriating.
3.
to set apart, authorize, or legislate for some specific purpose or use:
The legislature appropriated funds for the university.
4.
to take to or for oneself; take possession of.
5.
to take without permission or consent; seize; expropriate:
He appropriated the trust funds for himself.
6.
to steal, especially to commit petty theft.
Origin of appropriate
1515-1525
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 forms
appropriately, adverb
appropriateness, noun
appropriative
[uh-proh-pree-ey-tiv, -uh-tiv] /əˈproʊ priˌeɪ tɪv, -ə tɪv/ (Show IPA),
adjective
appropriativeness, noun
appropriator, noun
nonappropriative, adjective
quasi-appropriate, adjective
quasi-appropriately, adverb
reappropriate, verb (used with object), reappropriated, reappropriating.
well-appropriated, adjective
Can be confused
appropriate, apropos, expropriate.
Synonyms
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 appropriates
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  • Captain Kitson is not content with putting on my apron, but he appropriates my petticoats also.

    Flora Lyndsay Susan Moodie
  • He remains original, even while he appropriates the words and thoughts of another.

    The Expositor's Bible: Alfred Plummer
  • 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.

  • If he appropriates it, then not only the earth, but the right to it too, belongs to him.

    The Ego and His Own Max Stirner
  • If he appropriates it, then not merely the earth, but also the right to it, belongs to him.

    Anarchism Paul Eltzbacher
  • It is new, but still it appropriates to itself what is graceful and useful in the past.

    The London Pulpit J. Ewing Ritchie
  • Every thing that he appropriates, he stamps with the character of his own nationality.

British Dictionary definitions for appropriates

appropriate

adjective (əˈprəʊprɪɪt)
1.
right or suitable; fitting
2.
(rare) particular; own: they had their appropriate methods
verb (transitive) (əˈprəʊprɪˌeɪt)
3.
to take for one's own use, esp illegally or without permission
4.
to put aside (funds, etc) for a particular purpose or person
Derived Forms
appropriable, adjective
appropriately, adverb
appropriateness, noun
appropriative, adjective
appropriator, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Late Latin appropriāre to make one's own, from Latin proprius one's own; see proper
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Word Origin and History for appropriates

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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Slang definitions & phrases for appropriates

appropriate

verb

liberate (WWI Army)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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