Definition of appropriate in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈprəʊprɪət/
Suitable or proper in the circumstances: this isn’t the appropriate time or place a measure appropriate to a wartime economy
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  • In this circumstance it is appropriate to depend upon a set of rules for swift action.
  • A conditional discharge would be appropriate for the offences in all the circumstances.
  • Cook with spices that are appropriate for the season and for your skin and your physiology.


Pronunciation: /əˈprəʊprɪeɪt/
[with object]
1Take (something) for one’s own use, typically without the owner’s permission: the accused had appropriated the property
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  • Because it was university property, appropriating the sign had to be an undercover job.
  • He filched my material and appropriated my voice and exploited a human tragedy that was really none of his business.
  • A user can be someone who appropriates the history, image, or reputation of a work of architecture for his own ends.
informal swipe, nab, rip off, lift, filch, snaffle, snitch, bag, walk off/away with, ‘abstract’, ‘borrow’, ‘liberate’
British informal pinch, nick, half-inch, whip, knock off
poach, steal, ‘borrow’, bootleg, infringe the copyright of
informal pirate, rip off, crib, lift
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 apart/aside, devote, apportion, budget



Pronunciation: /əˈprəʊprɪeɪtə/
Example sentences
  • 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'.

Words that rhyme with appropriate

expropriate, impropriate, misappropriate

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