- Appropriate is defined as something that is right for the purpose.
Bringing wine to a wine and cheese party is an example of appropriate.
- The definition of appropriate is to put aside or take something for one's self or some other specific person.
- Stashing away a piece of cake for a friend is an example of to appropriate.
- Putting money aside for a vacation is an example of to appropriate.
- to take for one's own or exclusive use
- to take improperly, as without permission
- to set aside for a specific use or certain person: to appropriate funds for the schools
Origin: Middle English appropriaten ; from Late Latin appropriatus, past participle of appropriare, to make one's own ; from Classical Latin ad-, to plush proprius, one's own
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- To set apart for a specific use: appropriating funds for education.
- To take possession of or make use of exclusively for oneself, often without permission: Lee appropriated my unread newspaper and never returned it.
Origin: Middle English appropriat, from Late Latin appropriātus, past participle of appropriāre, to make one's own : Latin ad-, ad- + Latin proprius, own; see per1 in Indo-European roots.
- ap·proˈpri·ate·ly adverb
- ap·proˈpri·ate·ness noun
- ap·proˈpri·aˌtive adjective
- ap·proˈpri·aˌtor noun
appropriate - Business Definition
- To take possession of the property of someone else.
- To set aside funds for a specific purpose.