Appropriate definition

ə-prōprē-ĭt
Suitable for a particular person, condition, occasion, or place; fitting.
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To take for one's own or exclusive use.
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To take possession of or make use of exclusively for oneself, often without permission.

My coworker appropriated my unread newspaper.

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Right for the purpose; suitable; fit; proper.

Age-appropriate TV shows for preschoolers.

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(UK, ecclesiastical, law) To annex, as a benefice, to a spiritual corporation, as its property.

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To take improperly, as without permission.
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To set aside for a specific use or certain person.

To appropriate funds for the schools.

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Appropriate is defined as something that is right for the purpose.

Bringing wine to a wine and cheese party is an example of appropriate.

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To set apart for a specific use.

Appropriating funds for education.

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Hence, belonging peculiarly; peculiar; suitable; fit; proper.

The headmaster wondered what an appropriate measure would be to make the pupil behave better.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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(archaic) To make suitable; to suit.

William Paley.

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Origin of appropriate

  • Middle English appropriat from Late Latin appropriātus past participle of appropriāre to make one's own Latin ad- ad- Latin proprius own per1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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”).

    From Wiktionary