Definitions for appropriateəˈproʊ pri ɪt; -ˌeɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ap•pro•pri•ateəˈproʊ pri ɪt; -ˌeɪt(adj.; v.)-at•ed, -at•ing.

  1. (adj.)particularly suitable; fitting; compatible:

    remarks appropriate to the occasion.

  2. (v.t.)to set apart for a specific purpose or use:

    to appropriate funds for an environmental study.

    Category: Government

  3. to take to or for oneself; take possession of.

  4. to take without permission; expropriate.

Origin of appropriate:

1515–25; < LL appropriātus, ptp. of appropriāre to make one's own = L ap-ap-1+propius one's own

ap•pro′pri•a`tor(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. appropriate(verb)

    suitable for a particular person or place or condition etc

    "a book not appropriate for children"; "a funeral conducted the appropriate solemnity"; "it seems that an apology is appropriate"

  2. allow, appropriate, earmark, set aside, reserve(verb)

    give or assign a resource to a particular person or cause

    "I will earmark this money for your research"; "She sets aside time for meditation every day"

  3. appropriate, capture, seize, conquer(verb)

    take possession of by force, as after an invasion

    "the invaders seized the land and property of the inhabitants"; "The army seized the town"; "The militia captured the castle"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. appropriate(adjective)əˈproʊ pri ɪt; v. -ˌeɪt

    ≠ inappropriate

    appropriate language/behavior; appropriate for all ages

Wiktionary

  1. appropriate(Verb)

    To make suitable; to suit. -- William Paley.

  2. appropriate(Verb)

    To take to one's self in exclusion of others; to claim or use as by an exclusive right; as, "let no man appropriate the use of a common benefit."

  3. appropriate(Verb)

    To set apart for, or assign to, a particular person or use, in exclusion of all others;with to or for; as, a spot of ground is appropriated for a garden; to appropriate money for the increase of the navy.

  4. appropriate(Verb)

    To annex, as a benefice, to a spiritual corporation, as its property. --Blackstone.

  5. appropriate(Adjective)

    Set apart for a particular use or person; reserved.

  6. appropriate(Adjective)

    Hence, belonging peculiarly; peculiar; suitable; fit; proper.

  7. appropriate(Adjective)

    Suitable to the social situation or to social respect or social discreetness; socially correct; socially discreet; well-mannered; proper.

  8. Origin: From appropriaten, from appropriatus, past participle of approprio, from ad + proprio, from proprius.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Appropriate(adj)

    set apart for a particular use or person. Hence: Belonging peculiarly; peculiar; suitable; fit; proper

  2. Appropriate(verb)

    to take to one's self in exclusion of others; to claim or use as by an exclusive right; as, let no man appropriate the use of a common benefit

  3. Appropriate(verb)

    to set apart for, or assign to, a particular person or use, in exclusion of all others; -- with to or for; as, a spot of ground is appropriated for a garden; to appropriate money for the increase of the navy

  4. Appropriate(verb)

    to make suitable; to suit

  5. Appropriate(verb)

    to annex, as a benefice, to a spiritual corporation, as its property

  6. Appropriate(noun)

    a property; attribute

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'appropriate' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #879

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'appropriate' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1142

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'appropriate' in Adjectives Frequency: #101


Translations for appropriate

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

appropriate(adjective)

suitable; proper

Her clothes were appropriate to the occasion; Complain to the appropriate authority.

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