Pronunciation: /əˈprəʊprɪət /
- Suitable or proper in the circumstances: this isn’t the appropriate time or place a measure appropriate to a wartime economyMore example sentences
suitable, proper, fitting, apt; relevant, connected, pertinent, apposite, applicable, germane, material, significant, right, congruous, to the point, to the purpose; convenient, expedient, favourable, auspicious, propitious, opportune, felicitous, timely, well judged, well timed; seemly, befitting, deserved; Latin ad rem• formal appurtenant• archaic meet, seasonable
- 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] Back to top
- 1Take (something) for one’s own use, typically without the owner’s permission: the accused had appropriated the propertyMore example sentences
seize, commandeer, expropriate, annex, arrogate, sequestrate, sequester, take possession of, take over, assume, secure, acquire, wrest, usurp, claim, lay claim to, hijacksteal, take, misappropriate; thieve, pilfer, pocket, purloin, make off with; embezzle• informal swipe, nab, rip off, lift, filch, snaffle, snitch, bag, walk off/away with, ‘abstract’, ‘borrow’, ‘liberate’plagiarize, copy, reproduce; poach, steal, ‘borrow’, bootleg, infringe the copyright of
- 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.
- 2Devote (money or assets) to a special purpose: there can be problems in appropriating funds for legal expensesMore example sentences
- 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.
- [sentence adverb]: appropriately, the first recital will be given at the festivalMore example sentences
- 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.
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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'.