verb (used with object), ap·pro·pri·at·ed, ap·pro·pri·at·ing.
Origin of appropriate
Examples from the Web for appropriates
What happens when the Soviet Union appropriates one of the most beloved characters in children's literature?
Detractors have always said Apple invents little and appropriates a lot.
The Congress appropriates, directly and indirectly, six millions of dollars annually to carry on this work.State of the Union Addresses of Theodore Roosevelt|Theodore Roosevelt
But he remains a pirate whether he does so or kills the crew and appropriates the ship, or sinks her.International Law. A Treatise. Volume I (of 2)|Lassa Francis Oppenheim
Instead of cutting the fingers off, the carpenter removes and appropriates the rings; those who do not perform the rite.Castes and Tribes of Southern India|Edgar Thurston
In his capacity as owner of the means of production, he also appropriates the products and turns them into commodities.Socialism: Utopian and Scientific|Frederick Engels
The clay vessel is an intruder, and usurps the place and appropriates the dress of its predecessor in wicker.Origin and Development of Form and Ornament in Ceramic Art.|William Henry Holmes
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.