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appropriate

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of appropriate

  1. 1 to take or make use of under a guise of authority but without actual right <archaeologists once freely appropriated artifacts excavated at ancient African sites for their museums in Europe> Synonyms arrogate, commandeer, convert, expropriate, pirate, preempt, press, seize, take over, usurp Related Words annex, attach, claim, confiscate, impound, repossess, sequester; assume, collar, grab, grasp, snatch, steal, wrench, wrest; despoil, loot, pillage; encroach, infringe, invade, occupy, preoccupy, trespass; embezzle, misapply, misappropriate, misuse, peculate

  2. 2 to take (something) without right and with an intent to keep <you can't just appropriate somebody's term paper and put your name on it!> Synonyms steal, boost [slang], filch, heist, hook, lift, misappropriate, nick [British slang], nip, pilfer, pinch, pocket, purloin, rip off, snitch, swipe, thieveRelated Words burglarize, knock over, rob; loot, pillage, plunder, sack; carjack, hijack (also highjack); pick, rifle; poach, rustle, shoplift; collar, grab, grasp, nail, seize, snatch, take; mooch, sponge; abduct, kidnap, shanghai, spiritNear Antonyms buy, purchase; bestow, contribute, donate, give, hand over, present





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