appropriate


appropriate
ap|pro|pri|ate1 W1S1 [əˈprəupri-ıt US əˈprou-] adj
correct or suitable for a particular time, situation, or purpose
≠ ↑inappropriate appropriate for
clothes appropriate for a job interview
appropriate to
an education system which is more appropriate to the needs of the students
it is appropriate (for sb) to do sth
It would not be appropriate for me to discuss that now.
it is appropriate (that)
It seemed somehow appropriate that we should begin our journey here.
appropriate time/place etc
I didn't feel that this was an appropriate time to mention the subject of money.
highly/entirely/wholly appropriate
I thought his remark was highly appropriate, given the circumstances.
The timing of the announcement was particularly appropriate .
Where appropriate , I delegate as much work as possible.
Mark box 1 or 2, as appropriate .
I can assure you that appropriate action will be taken.
>appropriately adv
The painters met, appropriately enough , in an art gallery (=used to emphasize that something is very appropriate) .
appropriately dressed
>appropriateness n [U]
appropriate 2
ap|pro|pri|ate2 [əˈprəuprieıt US əˈprou-] v [T] formal
[Date: 1400-1500; : Late Latin; Origin: , past participle of appropriare, from Latin ad- 'to' + proprius 'own']
1.) to take something for yourself when you do not have the right to do this
= ↑steal
He is suspected of appropriating government funds.
2.) to take something, especially money, to use for a particular purpose
appropriate sth for sth
Congress appropriated $5 million for International Woman's Year.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • appropriate — ap·pro·pri·ate /ə prō prē ˌāt/ vt at·ed, at·ing [Late Latin appropriare to take possession of, from ad to, for + proprius one s own] 1: to set apart for or assign to a particular recipient, purpose, or use the legislature appropriating funds for… …   Law dictionary

  • Appropriate — Ap*pro pri*ate, a. [L. appropriatus, p. p. of appropriare; ad + propriare to appropriate, fr. proprius one s own, proper. See {Proper}.] Set apart for a particular use or person. Hence: Belonging peculiarly; peculiar; suitable; fit; proper. [1913 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Appropriate — Ap*pro pri*ate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Appropriated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Appropriating}.] 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. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • appropriate — [adj] suitable adapted, applicable, appurtenant, apropos, apt, becoming, befitting, belonging, congruous, convenient, correct, deserved, desired, due, felicitous, fit, fitting, germane, good, just, on the button*, on the nose*, opportune,… …   New thesaurus

  • appropriate — vb preempt, *arrogate, confiscate, usurp Analogous words: *take, seize, grab: annex, *add appropriate adj fitting, proper, *fit, suitable, apt, meet, happy, felicitous Analogous words: apposite, pertinent, germane, * …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • appropriate — [ə prō′prē āt΄; ] for adj. [, ə prō′prēit] vt. appropriated, appropriating [ME appropriaten < LL appropriatus, pp. of appropriare, to make one s own < L ad , to + proprius, one s own] 1. to take for one s own or exclusive use 2. to take… …   English World dictionary

  • Appropriate — Ap*pro pri*ate, n. A property; attribute. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • appropriate — ap‧pro‧pri‧ate [əˈprəʊpri eɪt ǁ əˈproʊ ] verb [transitive] 1. LAW to take something for yourself when you have no right to do this: • The generals appropriated defence funds, leaving their men unpaid for months. 2. ECONOMICS to take something,… …   Financial and business terms

  • appropriate — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ suitable; proper. ► VERB 1) take for one s own use without permission. 2) devote (money) to a special purpose. DERIVATIVES appropriately adverb appropriateness noun appropriation noun app …   English terms dictionary

  • appropriate — I adj. 1) appropriate for; to (appropriate for us; appropriate to the occasion) 2) appropriate to + inf. (it is not appropriate to tip a bus driver) 3) appropriate that + clause; subj. (it is appropriate that he be/ should be present) II v. 1)… …   Combinatory dictionary


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