(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.
(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.
From Middle English appropriaten, from Latin appropriatus, past participle of approprio (“to make one's own”), from ad (“to”) + proprio (“to make one's own”), from proprius (“one's own, private”).