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[adjective uh-proh-pree-it; verb uh-proh-pree-eyt]
adjective
  1. suitable or fitting for a particular purpose, person, occasion, etc.: an appropriate example; an appropriate dress.
  2. belonging to or peculiar to a person; proper: Each played his appropriate part.
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verb (used with object), ap·pro·pri·at·ed, ap·pro·pri·at·ing.
  1. to set apart, authorize, or legislate for some specific purpose or use: The legislature appropriated funds for the university.
  2. to take to or for oneself; take possession of.
  3. to take without permission or consent; seize; expropriate: He appropriated the trust funds for himself.
  4. to steal, especially to commit petty theft.
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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 formsap·pro·pri·ate·ly, adverbap·pro·pri·ate·ness, nounap·pro·pri·a·tive [uh-proh-pree-ey-tiv, -uh-tiv] /əˈproʊ priˌeɪ tɪv, -ə tɪv/, adjectiveap·pro·pri·a·tive·ness, nounap·pro·pri·a·tor, nounnon·ap·pro·pri·a·tive, adjectivequa·si-ap·pro·pri·ate, adjectivequa·si-ap·pro·pri·ate·ly, adverbre·ap·pro·pri·ate, verb (used with object), re·ap·pro·pri·at·ed, re·ap·pro·pri·at·ing.well-ap·pro·pri·at·ed, adjective
Can be confusedappropriate apropos expropriate

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Related Words for appropriates

relevant, useful, convenient, applicable, apt, fitting, good, proper, pertinent, correct, opportune, true, apportion, devote, earmark, allot, disburse, embezzle, misappropriate, borrow

Examples from the Web for appropriates

Contemporary Examples of appropriates

Historical Examples of appropriates

  • Captain Kitson is not content with putting on my apron, but he appropriates my petticoats also.

    Flora Lyndsay

    Susan Moodie

  • He remains original, even while he appropriates the words and thoughts of another.

  • He appropriates Ritualism for Religion and it becomes his doctrine.

    Is the Devil a Myth?

    C. F. Wimberly

  • Accordingly, to sanction idolatry, it appropriates the name of the Word of God.

  • If he appropriates it, then not only the earth, but the right to it too, belongs to him.


British Dictionary definitions for appropriates

appropriate

adjective (əˈprəʊprɪɪt)
  1. right or suitable; fitting
  2. rare particular; ownthey had their appropriate methods
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verb (əˈprəʊprɪˌeɪt) (tr)
  1. to take for one's own use, esp illegally or without permission
  2. to put aside (funds, etc) for a particular purpose or person
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Derived Formsappropriable, adjectiveappropriately, adverbappropriateness, nounappropriative, adjectiveappropriator, noun

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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Word Origin and History for appropriates

appropriate

v.

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.

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appropriate

adj.

"specially suitable, proper," early 15c., from Latin appropriatus, past participle of appropriare (see appropriate (v.)). Related: Appropriately; appropriateness.

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