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"


  1. appropriateverb

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

  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."

  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.

  4. appropriateverb

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

  5. appropriateadjective

    Set apart for a particular use or person; reserved.

  6. appropriateadjective

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

  7. appropriateadjective

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Appropriateadjective

    Peculiar; consigned to some particular use or person.

    Etymology: from the verb.

    He did institute a band of fifty archers, by the name of yeomen of his guard; and that it might be thought to be rather a matter of dignity, than any matter of diffidence appropriate to his own case, he made an ordinance not temporary, but to hold in succession for ever. Francis Bacon, Henry VII.

    The heathens themselves had an apprehension of the necessity of some appropriate acts of divine worship. Edward Stillingfleet.


    Etymology: approprier, Fr. approprio, low Lat.

    Things sanctified were thereby in such sort appropriated unto God, as that they might never afterwards again be made common. Richard Hooker, b. v. § 20.

    As for this spot of ground, this person, this thing, I have selected and appropriated, I have inclosed it to myself and my own use; and I will endure no sharer, no rival or companion in it. South.

    Some they appropriated to the gods,
    And some to publick, some to private ends. Wentworth Dillon.

    Marks of honour are appropriated to the magistrate, that he might be invited to reverence himself. Francis Atterbury.

    To themselves appropriating
    The spirit of God, promis’d alike, and giv’n
    To all believers. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. xii.

    Why should people engross and appropriate the common benefits of fire, air, and water, to themselves? Roger L'Estrange.

    Every body else has an equal title to it; and therefore he cannot appropriate, he cannot inclose, without the consent of all his fellow commoners, all mankind. John Locke.

    He need but be furnished with verses of sacred scripture; and his system, that has appropriated them to the orthodoxy of his church, makes them immediately irrefragable arguments. John Locke, Essay on St. Paul’s Epistles.

    We, by degrees, get ideas and names, and learn their appropriated connection one with another. John Locke.

    Before Richard II. it was lawful to appropriate the whole fruits of a benefice to any abbey, the house finding one to serve the cure; that kind redressed that horrid evil. John Ayliffe, Parerg.


  1. appropriate

    Appropriate refers to something being suitable or proper in the circumstances. It can also refer to setting aside or assigning resources for a particular use.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Appropriateadjective

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

  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

  4. Appropriateverb

    to make suitable; to suit

  5. Appropriateverb

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

  6. Appropriatenoun

    a property; attribute

  7. 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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  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. The CDC:

    Although a curative treatment is not yet available, early diagnosis and treatment of chronic HBV infections reduces the risk for cirrhosis, liver cancer, and death, along with vaccination strategies, universal screening of adults and appropriate testing of persons at increased risk for HBV infection will improve health outcomes, reduce the prevalence of HBV infection in the United States, and advance viral hepatitis elimination goals.

  2. Chief Executive Officer Mark Bertolini:

    Let a judge decide. Is Medicare Advantage competitive with Medicare fee-for-service? If that is indeed the case, then there isn't any market we need to divest, if we have to divest, can we provide an appropriate remedy? And we have.

  3. Alice Fisher:

    The law is clear that any American -- including a Senator -- may participate in the stock market based on public information, as Richard Burr did. When this issue arose, Richard Burr immediately asked the Senate Ethics Committee to conduct a complete review, and Richard Burr will cooperate with that review as well as any other appropriate inquiry.

  4. Mike Pompeo:

    We are prepared to make security assurances that are different and unique than America has been willing to provide previously. We think this is necessary and appropriate.

  5. Elijah Cummings:

    We can not stand for this type of harm to the public or this interference with Congress' oversight responsibilities, we will take all appropriate actions to ensure that generic manufacturers are held accountable for misconduct.

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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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