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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
ap•pro•pri•ate /adjective: əˈproʊpriɪt; verb: -ˌeɪt/USA pronunciation
adj., v., -at•ed, -at•ing. adj.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
v. [~ + object]
- particularly suitable;
correct:appropriate behavior.[be + ~ + to]remarks appropriate to the occasion.
ap•pro•pri•ate•ness, n. [uncountable]See -propr-.
- Governmentto set apart for a specific purpose: appropriated funds for an environmental study.
- to take for oneself;
steal:They appropriated my ideas as their own.
(adj. ə prō′prē it;v. ə prō′prē āt′),USA pronunciation adj., v., -at•ed, -at•ing. adj.
- suitable or fitting for a particular purpose, person, occasion, etc.:an appropriate example; an appropriate dress.
- belonging to or peculiar to a person;
proper:Each played his appropriate part.
(ə prō′prē ā′tiv, -ə tiv),USA pronunciation adj.
- Governmentto set apart, authorize, or legislate for some specific purpose or use:The legislature appropriated funds for the university.
- to take to or for oneself;
take possession of.
- to take without permission or consent;
expropriate:He appropriated the trust funds for himself.
- to steal, esp. to commit petty theft.
- Late Latin appropriātus made one's own (past participle of appropriāre), equivalent. to Latin ap- ap-1 + propri(us) one's own + -ātus -ate1
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged befitting, apt, meet, felicitous, suited, proper, due, becoming, pertinent.
- 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged apportion, allocate, assign.
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged unsuitable, inept.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
appropriate adj /əˈprəʊprɪɪt/
- right or suitable; fitting
- rare particular; own: they had their appropriate methods
Etymology: 15th Century: from Late Latin appropriāre to make one's own, from Latin proprius one's own; see properapˈpropriately adv apˈpropriateness n apˈpropriˌator n
- to take for one's own use, esp illegally or without permission
- to put aside (funds, etc) for a particular purpose or person
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