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verb (appropriat, ing)
  1. (transitive) To take to one's self in exclusion of others; to claim or use as by an exclusive right; as in: "let no man appropriate the use of a common benefit."
  2. (transitive) To set apart for, or assign to, a particular person or use, in exclusion of all others;—with to or for; as, a spot of ground is appropriated for a garden; to appropriate money for the increase of the navy.
  3. (transitive) To make suitable; to suit. Archaic --Paley.
  4. (transitive) (Eng. Eccl. Law) To annex, as a benefice, to a spiritual corporation, as its property. --Blackstone.
Translations: 
  • Dutch: aanpassen(nl)
  • German: aneignen
  • Spanish: adueí±arse(es)
adjective 
  1. (obsolete) Set apart for a particular use or person.
  2. Hence: Belonging peculiarly; peculiar; suitable; fit; proper.
The headmaster wondered what an measure would be to make the pupil behave better.
  1. In its strict and appropriate meaning. --Porteus.
Appropriate acts of divine worship. --Stillingfleet.
It is not at all times easy to find words to express our ideas. --Locke.
  1. Suitable to the social situation or to social respect or social discreetness; socially correct; socially discreet; well-mannered; proper.
I don't think it was for the cashier to tell me outloud in front of all those people at the check-out that my hair-piece looked like it was falling out of place.
Translations: 
  • Dutch: geschikt, geschikte, passend, passende
  • German: angebracht, angemessen, passend
  • Italian: apposito(it)
  • Spanish: apropiada(es, apropiado, m, {{t-, es)f
Etymology: appropriatus, past participle of appropriare, from adLatin, ad + propriare to appropriate, from proprius, one's own, proper.


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