Essential Meaning of appropriate
: right or suited for some purpose or situation It's a formal occasion and appropriate attire/dress/clothing is expected. [=you are expected to wear formal clothing] Red wine would have been a more appropriate choice with the meal. See More ExamplesWe'll need to find an appropriate [=suitable] place to store the fuel. Do you think the movie is appropriate for small children (to see)? = Do you think it's appropriate for small children to see the movie? The movie is perfectly/entirely appropriate to/for people of all ages.
Full Definition of appropriate
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Definition of appropriate (Entry 2 of 2)
2 : to set apart for or assign to a particular purpose or use appropriate money for a research program
3 : to take or make use of without authority or right natural habitats that have been appropriated for human use
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