appropriate

[adjective uh-proh-pree-it; verb uh-proh-pree-eyt]

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.

Nearby words

  1. approbation,
  2. approbative,
  3. appropre,
  4. appropriable,
  5. appropriacy,
  6. appropriation,
  7. approvable,
  8. approval,
  9. approve,
  10. approved

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 confusedappropriate apropos expropriate

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British Dictionary definitions for appropriator

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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