What does appropriate mean?

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

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. appropriateverb

    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, reserveverb

    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, conquerverb

    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. appropriateverb

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

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

  2. appropriateverb

    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. appropriateverb

    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. appropriateverb

    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. appropriateadjective

    Set apart for a particular use or person; reserved.

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

  6. appropriateadjective

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

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

  7. appropriateadjective

    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. Appropriateadjective

    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. Appropriateverb

    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. Appropriateverb

    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. Appropriateverb

    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. Appropriateverb

    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. Appropriatenoun

    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  

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  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

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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. Health Minister Jane Philpott:

    We will work with law enforcement partners to encourage appropriate and proportionate criminal justice measures, we know it is impossible to arrest our way out of this problem.

  2. Robert Behnken:

    It does take a little bit of time so... we'll both have the appropriate hardware ready should we start feeling a little bit sick.

  3. New York:

    The conditions are not currently appropriate for us to be able to teach kids while at the same time safeguard their well-being.

  4. Donald Trump:

    What they did was not appropriate, they are supposed to be buying farm products. Let's see whether or not they do.

  5. Nicole Hazen:

    As resistant as we’ve been to sort of talk about it, we felt like we needed to at some point, we felt like this was an appropriate time to talk about it and then hopefully we’ll go back to our private approach to figuring out the best way to help Nicole.

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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
  • مناسبUrdu
  • thích hợpVietnamese
  • 适当Chinese

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an outward semblance that misrepresents the true nature of something
  • A. decline
  • B. temptation
  • C. disguise
  • D. accessory

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