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1appropriate

verb ap·pro·pri·ate \ə-ˈprō-prē-ˌāt\

: to get or save (money) for a specific use or purpose

: to take or use (something) especially in a way that is illegal, unfair, etc.

ap·pro·pri·at·edap·pro·pri·at·ing

Full Definition of APPROPRIATE

transitive verb
1
:  to take exclusive possession of :  annex <no one should appropriate a common benefit>
2
:  to set apart for or assign to a particular purpose or use <appropriate money for the research program>
3
:  to take or make use of without authority or right
ap·pro·pri·a·ble \-prē-ə-bəl\ adjective
ap·pro·pri·a·tor \-prē-ˌā-tər\ noun
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Examples of APPROPRIATE

  1. The town has appropriated funds to repair the bridge and work should begin this summer.
  2. The economy has been weakened by corrupt officials who have appropriated the country's resources for their own use.
  3. Elements of the design were appropriated from other architects.
  4. The term bad has been appropriated by teenagers as a synonym for good.
  5. From this source it was appropriated by Wilhelm Ropke in his effort to develop a social and political theory in which the market economy would be reconciled with the local community. —Roger Scruton, National Review, 20 June 2005

Origin of APPROPRIATE

Middle English, from Late Latin appropriatus, past participle of appropriare, from Latin ad- + proprius own
First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with APPROPRIATE

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2appropriate

adjective ap·pro·pri·ate \ə-ˈprō-prē-ət\

: right or suited for some purpose or situation

Full Definition of APPROPRIATE

:  especially suitable or compatible :  fitting <an appropriate response> <remarks appropriate to the occasion>
ap·pro·pri·ate·ly adverb
ap·pro·pri·ate·ness noun

Examples of APPROPRIATE

  1. Red wine would have been a more appropriate choice with the meal.
  2. The movie is perfectly appropriate to people of all ages.
  3. More than almost anyone writing today, Slater, whose prose is astringent and sensuous by turn, reflects both a genuine feeling for and appreciation of foods appropriate to the season—and a tolerance for kitchen disasters. —Cynthia Zarin, Gourmet, April 2007

Origin of APPROPRIATE

(see 1appropriate)
First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of APPROPRIATE

fit, suitable, meet, proper, appropriate, fitting, apt, happy, felicitous mean right with respect to some end, need, use, or circumstance. fit stresses adaptability and sometimes special readiness for use or action <fit for battle>. suitable implies an answering to requirements or demands <clothes suitable for camping>. meet suggests a just proportioning <meet payment>. proper suggests a suitability through essential nature or accordance with custom <proper acknowledgement>. appropriate implies eminent or distinctive fitness <an appropriate gift>. fitting implies harmony of mood or tone <a fitting end>. apt connotes a fitness marked by nicety and discrimination <apt quotations>. happy suggests what is effectively or successfully appropriate <a happy choice of words>. felicitous suggests an aptness that is opportune, telling, or graceful <a felicitous phrase>.
APPROPRIATENESS Defined for Kids

1appropriate

adjective ap·pro·pri·ate \ə-ˈprō-prē-ət\

Definition of APPROPRIATE for Kids

:  especially fitting or suitable <The movie is appropriate for small children.>
ap·pro·pri·ate·ly adverb <We dressed appropriately for the occasion.>
ap·pro·pri·ate·ness noun

2appropriate

verb ap·pro·pri·ate \ə-ˈprō-prē-ˌāt\
ap·pro·pri·at·edap·pro·pri·at·ing

Definition of APPROPRIATE for Kids

1
:  to take possession of especially in an illegal or unfair way
2
:  to set apart for a certain purpose or use <The school appropriated funds for new books.>

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