appropriate

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

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 appropriator

claimant, appropriator, discoverer, spotter

Examples from the Web for appropriator

Historical Examples of appropriator

  • In other words, the first appropriator is the first in right.

  • Verily, an appropriator of all values must such bestowing love become; but healthy and holy, call I this selfishness.

    Thus Spake Zarathustra

    Friedrich Nietzsche

  • The appropriator of the tale had a wide reputation in the West, and was exceedingly popular.

  • As the appropriator of his own he didn't so much want to brand him as—just more "amusingly" even, if one would.

    The Finer Grain

    Henry James

  • He hadn't so much minded the epithets Mrs. Folliott had applied, for they were to the appropriator of her securities.

    The Finer Grain

    Henry James


British Dictionary definitions for appropriator

appropriate

adjective (əˈprəʊprɪɪt)
  1. right or suitable; fitting
  2. rare particular; ownthey had their appropriate methods
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
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 appropriator

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.

appropriate

adj.

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

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