[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 reappropriate
Now you seek to reappropriate this water, or to have the right cancelled, and see where you wind up.The Iron Furrow
George C. Shedd
- 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 reappropriate
"specially suitable, proper," early 15c., from Latin appropriatus, past participle of appropriare (see appropriate (v.)). Related: Appropriately; appropriateness.
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