verb (used with object), ap·pro·pri·at·ed, ap·pro·pri·at·ing.
Origin of appropriate
Examples from the Web for appropriate
The art of leadership is the ability to move between the two poles at the appropriate times.
It is indeed the human being's natural and appropriate response to danger.Ebola, ISIS, the Border: So Much to Fear, So Little Time!|Gene Robinson|November 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The names of the three girls were entered into the appropriate databases, and their passports were flagged.
But the ambiguity of “appropriate disciplinary action” is what is so frightening about the smoking ban.The University Of New Orleans’ Cigarette Ban Is Total BS|Chloé Valdary|October 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
An appropriate level of concern was evident everywhere; panic was nowhere to be found.
As fresh water exerts a very deadly influence on the Medus, this seems the most appropriate place for describing its action.
They were as appropriate to each other as the melodies of a perfect duet, such a love-duet as Tristan and Isolde's.What Will People Say?|Rupert Hughes
We are surrounded by utilities, but we must stoop to appropriate them.Harmonies of Political Economy|Frdric Bastiat
I hastened to call upon him, and, at the first appropriate pause in the conversation, I spoke to him of my engagement.A Daughter of the Middle Border|Hamlin Garland
An excellent and appropriate document—short and comprehensive—and, as it should be, devoted wholly to State affairs.The Life, Public Services and Select Speeches of Rutherford B. Hayes|James Quay Howard
verb (əˈprəʊprɪˌeɪt) (tr)
Word Origin for appropriate
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.
"specially suitable, proper," early 15c., from Latin appropriatus, past participle of appropriare (see appropriate (v.)). Related: Appropriately; appropriateness.