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appropriate

[ adjective uh-proh-pree-it; verb uh-proh-pree-eyt ]
/ adjective 蓹藞pro蕣 pri 瑟t; verb 蓹藞pro蕣 pri藢e瑟t /
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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路pro路pri路at路ed, ap路pro路pri路at路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.
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Origin of appropriate

First recorded in 1515鈥25; from Late Latin appropri膩tus 鈥渕ade one's own鈥 (past participle of appropri膩re ), equivalent to Latin ap- ap-1 + propri(us) 鈥渙ne's own, special, particular鈥 + -膩tus -ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM appropriate

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH appropriate

1. appropriate , apropos2. appropriate , expropriate
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British Dictionary definitions for appropriate

appropriate

adjective (蓹藞pr蓹蕣pr瑟瑟t)
right or suitable; fitting
rare particular; ownthey had their appropriate methods
verb (蓹藞pr蓹蕣pr瑟藢e瑟t) (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 of appropriate

Word Origin for appropriate

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