appropriate

[ adjective uh-proh-pree-it; verb uh-proh-pree-eyt ]
/ adjective əˈproʊ pri ɪt; verb əˈproʊ priˌeɪt /

adjective

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.

verb (used with object), ap·pro·pri·at·ed, ap·pro·pri·at·ing.

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

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

Can be confused

appropriate apropos expropriate
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appropriate


adjective (əˈprəʊprɪɪt)

right or suitable; fitting
rare particular; ownthey had their appropriate methods

verb (əˈprəʊprɪˌeɪt) (tr)

to take for one's own use, esp illegally or without permission
to put aside (funds, etc) for a particular purpose or person

Derived Forms

Word Origin for appropriate

C15: from Late Latin appropriāre to make one's own, from Latin proprius one's own; see proper
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