[ adjective uh-proh-pree-it; verb uh-proh-pree-eyt ]
/ adjective əˈproʊ pri ɪt; verb əˈproʊ priˌeɪt /
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.
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Origin of appropriate
SYNONYMS FOR appropriate
OTHER WORDS FROM appropriate
ap·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, noun
ap·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
Words nearby appropriate
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Example sentences from the Web for appropriative
Ergo, the terrestrial or the Life of Nature ever the shadow and opposite of the Divine is appropriative, absorbing appetence.Anima Poet|Samuel Taylor Coleridge
It is the appropriative words, thine and mine, which make this history different from any other history.Religious Studies, Sketches and Poems|Harriet Beecher Stowe
British Dictionary definitions for appropriative
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 of appropriate
appropriable, adjectiveappropriately, adverbappropriateness, nounappropriative, adjective
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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