What does appropriate mean?

Definitions for appropriate
əˈproʊ pri ɪt; -ˌeɪtap·pro·pri·ate

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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"

Wiktionary

  1. appropriate(Verb)

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

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

  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."

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

  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.

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

  4. appropriate(Verb)

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

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

  5. appropriate(Adjective)

    Set apart for a particular use or person; reserved.

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

  6. appropriate(Adjective)

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

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

  7. appropriate(Adjective)

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

    Etymology: 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

    Etymology: [L. appropriatus, p. p. of appropriare; ad + propriare to appropriate, fr. proprius one's own, proper. See 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

    Etymology: [L. appropriatus, p. p. of appropriare; ad + propriare to appropriate, fr. proprius one's own, proper. See Proper.]

  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

    Etymology: [L. appropriatus, p. p. of appropriare; ad + propriare to appropriate, fr. proprius one's own, proper. See Proper.]

  4. Appropriate(verb)

    to make suitable; to suit

    Etymology: [L. appropriatus, p. p. of appropriare; ad + propriare to appropriate, fr. proprius one's own, proper. See Proper.]

  5. Appropriate(verb)

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

    Etymology: [L. appropriatus, p. p. of appropriare; ad + propriare to appropriate, fr. proprius one's own, proper. See Proper.]

  6. Appropriate(noun)

    a property; attribute

    Etymology: [L. appropriatus, p. p. of appropriare; ad + propriare to appropriate, fr. proprius one's own, proper. See Proper.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Appropriate

    ap-prō′pri-āt, v.t. to make the private property of any one: to take to one's self as one's own: to set apart for a purpose: (arch.) to select as suitable (with to).—adj. set apart for a particular purpose: peculiar: suitable.—adv. Appropriately.—ns. Apprō′priateness; Appropriā′tion, the act of appropriating: in Church law, the making over of a benefice to an owner who receives the tithes, but is bound to appoint a vicar for the spiritual service of the parish: in Constitutional law, the principle, that supplies granted by parliament are only to be expended for particular objects specified by itself.—adj. Apprō′priative.—ns. Apprō′priativeness; Apprō′priator, one who appropriates.—Appropriation clause, a clause in a parliamentary bill, allotting revenue to any special purpose or purposes. [L. appropriāre, -ātumad, to, proprius, one's own. See Proper.]

Editors Contribution

  1. appropriate

    For a specific, fair and just purpose.

    It was appropriate that they invited their sister's partner to their wedding also.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 5, 2020  

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

How to pronounce appropriate?

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How to say appropriate in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of appropriate in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of appropriate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of appropriate in a Sentence

  1. Jeb Bush:

    You can believe in both, which is why I don't criticize the President to go to a mosque and to assure people they shouldn't be discriminated against. I think that is more than appropriate as the leader of our country.

  2. Valentin Galardi:

    We have as a short-term goal that the design for an appropriate law gets finished, so mutual funds have the space they need to grow in Argentina, including the appearance of new assets to invest in, we are very optimistic.

  3. Judith Ward:

    As long as you have an appropriate asset allocation and take a long-term view, you'll be all right.

  4. Austin Beutner:

    The charter law is decades old, and it makes sense to me to pause while experts – not advocates – study all of the issues and propose what adjustments, if any, might be appropriate to the law to provide a path for the next 20 years.

  5. Christie Lunsford:

    Vaporized cannabis is a really significant trend in both medical and adult use, it's consistent, it's almost instantaneous, and it's appropriate for a wide variety of consumers.

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Translations for appropriate

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  • مناسبArabic
  • присвоявам си, уместен, определям, подходящ, предназначавам, съответенBulgarian
  • apropiatCatalan, Valencian
  • vhodný, odpovídající, příslušný, přiměřenýCzech
  • priodolWelsh
  • zuweisen, angebracht, zugewiesen, aneignen, angemessen, anpassen, passendGerman
  • κατάλληλοςGreek
  • konvenaEsperanto
  • adueñarse, apropiado, designarSpanish
  • مناسبPersian
  • asianmukainen, varattu, täsmällinen, osoitettu, sovelias, sopivaFinnish
  • appropriéFrench
  • freagarrach, iomchaidhScottish Gaelic
  • उपयुक्तHindi
  • illő, megfelelő, kisajátít, elkülönítHungarian
  • պատշաճ, համապատասխանArmenian
  • appositoItalian
  • 適当, 充当, 適切, 相応しいJapanese
  • piederīgs, atbilstošs, piemērotsLatvian
  • tika, tōtika, makitaunu, arotau, kokoraho, kaihauMāori
  • toewijzen, toepasselijk, geschikt, gepast, aanpassen, passend, aangewezenDutch
  • velegnet, formålstjenlig, annektere, passende, hensiktsmessig, egnetNorwegian
  • odpowiedni, właściwy, stosownyPolish
  • apoderar-se, apropriado, apropriar-se, apropriar, designarPortuguese
  • присво́ить, соответствующий, присва́ивать, подходящий, вы́делить, выделя́ть, ассигнова́ть, подходящееRussian
  • prìmjeren, pȍdesan, prìkladanSerbo-Croatian
  • ustrézenSlovene
  • tillägna sig, lämplig, tillbörligSwedish
  • mwafakaSwahili
  • เหมาะสมThai
  • sâhiplenmek, isâbetli, biçilmiş kaftan, muvfâfık, lâyık, uygun, yakışık alır, yerindeTurkish
  • thích hợpVietnamese
  • 适当Chinese

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