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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. Governmentto 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•ly, adv. 
ap•pro•pri•ate•ness, n. [uncountable]See -propr-.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
ap•pro•pri•ate  (adj. ə prōprē it;v. ə prōprē āt′),USA pronunciation adj., v.,  -at•ed, -at•ing. 
  1. suitable or fitting for a particular purpose, person, occasion, etc.:an appropriate example; an appropriate dress.
  2. belonging to or peculiar to a person;
    proper:Each played his appropriate part.

  1. Governmentto set apart, authorize, or legislate for some specific purpose or use:The legislature appropriated funds for the university.
  2. to take to or for oneself;
    take possession of.
  3. to take without permission or consent;
    expropriate:He appropriated the trust funds for himself.
  4. to steal, esp. to commit petty theft.
ap•propri•ate•ly, adv. 
ap•propri•ate•ness, n. 
ap•propri•a•tive  (ə prōprē ā′tiv, -ə tiv),USA pronunciation adj.  ap•propri•a′tive•ness, n. 
ap•propri•a′tor, n. 
  • 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
    • 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.

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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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Collocations: appropriated [funds, public funds, assets], an appropriate [choice, decision, answer, use], appropriate (it) for your own [work, research, use], more...

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