a.1.Set apart for a particular use or person. Hence: Belonging peculiarly; peculiar; suitable; fit; proper.
In its strict and appropriate meaning.
- Porteus.
Appropriate acts of divine worship.
- Stillingfleet.
It is not at all times easy to find words appropriate to express our ideas.
- Locke.
v. t.1.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.
[imp. & p. p. Appropriated ( ); p. pr. & vb. n. Appropriating ( ).]
2.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.
3.To make suitable; to suit.
4.(Eng. Eccl. Law) To annex, as a benefice, to a spiritual corporation, as its property.
n.1.A property; attribute.
Verb1.appropriate - give or assign a share of money or time to a particular person or cause; "I will earmark this money for your research"
2.appropriate - 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"
Synonyms: conquer, seize, capture
Adj.1.appropriate - 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"
inappropriate - not suitable for a particular occasion etc; "noise seems inappropriate at a time of sadness"; "inappropriate shoes for a walk on the beach"; "put inappropriate pressure on them"
2.appropriate - appropriate for achieving a particular end; implies a lack of concern for fairness
Synonyms: advantageous
3.appropriate - meant or adapted for an occasion or use; "a tractor suitable (or fit) for heavy duty"; "not an appropriate (or fit) time for flippancy"
Synonyms: suited, suitable
4.appropriate - suitable and fitting; "the tailored clothes were harmonious with her military bearing"
Synonyms: harmonious
5.appropriate - being of striking appropriateness and pertinence; "the successful copywriter is a master of apposite and evocative verbal images"; "an apt reply"
Synonyms: apposite, pertinent, apt
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Approbate and reprobate
-- Appropriate --
appropriation bill
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