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ap•pro•pri•ate /adjective: əˈproʊpriɪt; verb: -ˌeɪt/USA pronunciation  adj., v.,  -at•ed, -at•ing.

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

v. [~ + object]
  1. to set apart for a specific purpose: appropriated funds for an environmental study.
  2. to take for oneself; steal:They appropriated my ideas as their own.
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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