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. Charles Whall:

    Pouyanne brings (cost) cutting experience, he is very measured and precise in his delivery and dealings internally and particularly externally, I think this is appropriate in this time frame.

  2. The President:

    You're in a hospital setting, I think it's a very appropriate thing, i have no problem with a mask.

  3. Rick Hess:

    What the Department of Education is talking about is wholly sensible and is an appropriate and totally unsurprising correction to what the Obama administration did.

  4. Roger Carr:

    On Khashoggi, we have seen that politicians have admonished Saudi Arabia. Politicians didn't believe the way that was done and handled was appropriate or acceptable and that's exactly right, what we want to see, by being a consistent and critical friend, is that Saudi Arabia, needs to return to the pathway it was on and develop in the way it was.

  5. Rick Arthur:

    It was a conclusion certainly of the executive staff that that was the appropriate and correct way to handle the case, im the primary adviser on drug testing to the board, and my opinion is it would have no pharmacological effect.

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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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