WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
ap•pro•pri•ate /adjective: əˈproʊpriɪt; verb: -ˌeɪt/USA pronunciation   adj., v., -at•ed, -at•ing. 

  • particularly suitable;
    correct:appropriate behavior.[be + ~ + to]remarks appropriate to the occasion.

  • v. [~ + object]
  • 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.
  • ap•pro•pri•ate•ly,adv. 
    ap•pro•pri•ate•ness,n. [uncountable]See -propr-.

    WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
    ap•pro•pri•ate  (adj. ə prōprē it;v. ə prōprē āt′), 
    adj., v., -at•ed, -at•ing. 

  • 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.

  • v.t. 
  • 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.
  • Etymology:
    • Late Latin appropriātus made one's own (past participle of appropriāre), equivalent. to Latin ap- ap-1 + propri(us) one's own + -ātus -ate1
    • 1515–25
    ap•propri•ate•ly, adv. 
    ap•propri•ate•ness, n. 
    ap•propri•a•tive  (ə prōprē ā′tiv, -ə tiv), 
    ap•propri•a′tive•ness, n. 
    ap•propri•a′tor, n. 
    1 . unsuitable, inept.

    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    appropriate adj /əˈprəʊprɪɪt/
    1. right or suitable; fitting
    2. rare particular; own: they had their appropriate methods
    vb /əˈprəʊprɪˌeɪt/(transitive)
    1. to take for one's own use, esp illegally or without permission
    2. to put aside (funds, etc) for a particular purpose or person
    Etymology: 15th Century: from Late Latin appropriāre to make one's own, from Latin proprius one's own; see proper

    apˈpropriately adv apˈpropriateness n apˈpropriˌator n

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