appropriate[ə prō′prē āt′; for adj., -it]
Wine is an appropriate pairing with cheese.
- 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.
transitive verbappropriated, appropriating
- 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 of appropriateMiddle English appropriaten ; from Late Latin appropriatus, past participle of appropriare, to make one's own ; from Classical Latin ad-, to + proprius, one's own
transitive verbap·pro·pri·at·ed, ap·pro·pri·at·ing, ap·pro·pri·ates
- 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: My coworker appropriated my unread newspaper.
Origin of appropriateMiddle 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.
(comparative more appropriate, superlative most appropriate)
- Hence, belonging peculiarly; peculiar; suitable; fit; proper.
- The headmaster wondered what an appropriate measure would be to make the pupil behave better.
- Suitable to the social situation or to social respect or social discreetness; socially correct; socially discreet; well-mannered; proper.
- I don't think it was appropriate for the cashier to tell me out loud in front of all those people at the check-out that my hair-piece looked like it was falling out of place.
- While it is not considered appropriate for a professor to date his student, there is no such concern once the semester has ended.
- (all senses): inappropriate
(third-person singular simple present appropriates, present participle appropriating, simple past and past participle appropriated)
- (archaic) To make suitable; to suit.
- William Paley
- To take to oneself in exclusion of others; to claim or use as by an exclusive right.
- Let no man appropriate the use of a common benefit.
- To set apart for, or assign to, a particular person or use, in exclusion of all others; with to or for.
- A spot of ground is appropriated for a garden.
- to appropriate money for the increase of the navy
- (UK, ecclesiastical, law) To annex, as a benefice, to a spiritual corporation, as its property.