[adjective uh-proh-pree-it; verb uh-proh-pree-eyt]
- 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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1. befitting, apt, meet, felicitous, suited, proper, due, becoming, pertinent. 3. apportion, allocate, assign.
1. unsuitable, inept.
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Examples from the Web for appropriator
In other words, the first appropriator is the first in right.
Verily, an appropriator of all values must such bestowing love become; but healthy and holy, call I this selfishness.Thus Spake Zarathustra
The appropriator of the tale had a wide reputation in the West, and was exceedingly popular.Chapters from My Autobiography
As the appropriator of his own he didn't so much want to brand him as—just more "amusingly" even, if one would.
He hadn't so much minded the epithets Mrs. Folliott had applied, for they were to the appropriator of her securities.
- 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
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 appropriator
"specially suitable, proper," early 15c., from Latin appropriatus, past participle of appropriare (see appropriate (v.)). Related: Appropriately; appropriateness.
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