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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-.

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    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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