- 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.
- 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.
Origin of appropriate
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Examples from the Web for reappropriate
Historical Examples of reappropriate
Now you seek to reappropriate this water, or to have the right cancelled, and see where you wind up.The Iron Furrow
George C. Shedd
- right or suitable; fitting
- rare particular; ownthey had their appropriate methods
- to take for one's own use, esp illegally or without permission
- to put aside (funds, etc) for a particular purpose or person
Word Origin for appropriate
"specially suitable, proper," early 15c., from Latin appropriatus, past participle of appropriare (see appropriate (v.)). Related: Appropriately; appropriateness.