Verb appropriate Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:

(transitive, archaic) To make suitable; to suit.

More definition:

1.suitable or fitting for a particular purpose, person, occasion, etc., an appropriate example; an appropriate dress.

2.belonging to or peculiar to a person; proper, Each played his appropriate part. set apart, authorize, or legislate for some specific purpose or use, The legislature appropriated funds for the university. take to or for oneself; take possession of. take without permission or consent; seize; expropriate, He appropriated the trust funds for himself. steal, especially to commit petty theft.

1. right or suitable; fitting

2. (rare) particular; own, they had their appropriate methods verb (transitive) (əˈprəʊprɪˌeɪt)

3. to take for one's own use, esp illegally or without permission

4. to put aside (funds, etc) for a particular purpose or person Derived Formsappropriable, adjectiveappropriately, adverbappropriateness, nounappropriative, adjectiveappropriator, noun Word OriginC15, from Late Latin appropriāre to make one's own, from Latin proprius one's own; see properCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
early 15c., "take possession of," from Late Latin appropriatus, past participle of appropriare, adpropriare (c.450) "to make one's own," from Latin ad- "to" (see ad-) + propriare "take as one's own," from proprius "one's own" (see proper). Related, Appropriated; appropriating.
"specially suitable, proper," early 15c., from Latin appropriatus, past participle of appropriare (see appropriate (v.)). Related, Appropriately; appropriateness.


If I want to sunbathe, I should buy appropriate clothing.

If Howie was successful and a tip was in order, Martha would call me and after Betsy would find the most appropriate authority to call, I'd convey the tip.

Someone had been using his computer; he returned the mouse and computer screen to their appropriate angles before seating himself.

The search for appropriate luggage was tedious.

It was Dean's idea to telephone Jake Weller to intercede in breaking the news in the appropriate places that at least half the search was now unnecessary.

All the spaceships, computers, and weapons within the Five Galaxies were made from ore from Anshan mines-- even the swords, the only weapons sanctioned by the Planetary Council as fair and appropriate for man-to-man combat.

She wore a tee shirt with no bra, perhaps in some vague attempt to emulate Penny, but with only a fraction of the appropriate equipment.

I wasn't sure what would be appropriate attire for the restaurant.

He grabbed her wrist, about to give her a lecture on appropriate behavior, but instead said, "Screw it" and locked eyes with her.

He couldn't think of an appropriate comeback and found himself staring down at her drink.

The laundry was one place she hadn't been yet and her wardrobe had dwindled down to a few clean items - none of them appropriate for a ride around the countryside with a man she hardly knew.

The questions which would claim the exercise of such a jurisdiction appear to be (I) intercolonial tariffs and the coasting trade; (2) railways, roads, canals, and other such works running through any two of the colonies; (3) beacons and lighthouses on the coast; (4) intercolonial gold regulations; (5) postage between the said colonies; (6) a general court of appeal from the courts of sucn colonies; (7) a power to legislate on all other subjects which may be submitted to them by addresses from the legislative councils and assemblies of the colonies, and to appropriate to any of the above-mentioned objects the necessary sums of money, to be raised by a percentage on the revenues of all the colonies interested."

But it was a long time before I ventured to take the initiative, and still longer before I could find something appropriate to say at the right time.

They are regarded generally as far more appropriate in books and in public discourses than in the parlor or at the table.

Vera was good-looking, not at all stupid, quick at learning, was well-brought up, and had a pleasant voice; what she said was true and appropriate, yet, strange to say, everyone--the visitors and countess alike--turned to look at her as if wondering why she had said it, and they all felt awkward.

He had often begun to make reflections or think aloud in her company, and she had always answered him either by a brief but appropriate remark--showing that it did not interest her--or by a silent look and smile which more palpably than anything else showed Pierre her superiority.

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