Definition of appropriate in English:


Syllabification: ap·pro·pri·ate


Pronunciation: /əˈprōprē-it


Pronunciation: /-ˌāt
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  • 2Devote (money or assets) to a special purpose: there can be problems in appropriating funds for legal expenses
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    • If the bank knows that a given sum or item has been appropriated for a specific purpose, the right of set-off cannot be exercised in respect of it.
    • He prefers the money to be appropriated for tax cuts for the upper bracket.
    • Money is appropriated for a two-year budget cycle during the odd-numbered years.
    allocate, assign, allot, earmark, set aside, devote, apportion



[sentence adverb]: appropriately, the first recital will be given at the festival
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  • Later in the season we hope to celebrate our 60th birthday in appropriately festive style.
  • Are they clean and tidy, dressed appropriately and careful about how they serve the food?
  • There are no environmental effects which cannot be dealt with satisfactorily and appropriately.


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  • Driving around Christchurch in the spring certainly confirms the appropriateness of calling it the Garden City.
  • The drama was very effective in eradicating the meaning of love, and perpetuating the appropriateness of cheating.
  • Rob says that the title had a curious appropriateness for him.


Pronunciation: /-ˌātər/
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  • It's a code word for, I'm raising your taxes to increase the amount of money we have to spend here in Washington on new programs, on programs that meet a particular political desire of the appropriators.
  • It's an ingenious hybrid where true believers provide the cannon fodder while an elite cabal of generals, arms merchants, land appropriators, oil prospectors and slave traders, muscle their way into the profits of war.
  • The appropriators in both Houses wield a tremendous amount of power over the make-up of the budget, and will fight like cornered animals when their territory is challenged.


late Middle English: from late Latin appropriatus, past participle of appropriare 'make one's own', from ad- 'to' + proprius 'own, proper'.

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