Definition of appropriate in English:

appropriate

adjective

  • Suitable or proper in the circumstances.

    ‘this isn't the appropriate time or place’
    ‘a measure appropriate to a wartime economy’
    • ‘Some content during this event may not be appropriate for all audiences.’
    • ‘It's appropriate to apologise when you've been wrong but re-writing the past is not an option.’
    • ‘I felt it was entirely appropriate to honour my adopted country in my new hometown.’
    • ‘In this circumstance it is appropriate to depend upon a set of rules for swift action.’
    • ‘A spokesman for the railway said the company didn't feel it was appropriate to comment at this stage.’
    • ‘In this particular case I made the decision that it was not appropriate to do that.’
    • ‘Until the cause was known, he said it would not be appropriate to comment.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As I prepare to leave Scotland for a while, it seems appropriate to focus on some of those bigger issues.’
    • ‘But it is important to make sure the play programme is appropriate to the child.’
    • ‘This may be appropriate for patients who are not suitable for anticoagulation.’
    • ‘It would certainly not be appropriate to grant a stay in these circumstances.’
    • ‘The state, apparently, is to decide what material is appropriate for academic inquiry.’
    • ‘I concluded that it would not be appropriate to do so, having regard to all the circumstances.’
    • ‘In those circumstances we say it is appropriate for costs to follow the event.’
    • ‘Given the title, it may be appropriate to consider the semiology of it all.’
    • ‘But it still wouldn't be appropriate to make a big deal of the fact that I have a famous father.’
    • ‘But he said it would not be appropriate to release further details of the schemes at this stage.’
    • ‘Speed must be appropriate for the conditions, the size and type of vessel, and the safety of others in the area.’
    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
    ad rem
    appurtenant
    meet, seasonable
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verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Take (something) for one's own use, typically without the owner's permission.

    ‘the accused had appropriated the property’
    • ‘Novels and the popular press eventually appropriated this image.’
    • ‘This bifurcation decays and falls to pieces when productive labor, in its totality. appropriates the special characteristics of the performing artist.’
    • ‘Thus the monstrous seizer of antiquity was appropriated as a Christian image of seduction and then of penitence and remorse.’
    • ‘Stealing appropriates the fruits of someone else's labor without his permission.’
    • ‘I can see appropriating certain aspect of a ‘well-know’ designer, such as yourself, but only if there is some kind of conceptual connection.’
    • ‘By appropriating the fashion of the northwest outdoors, the designers took cycling out of the alternative-lifestyle gutter into the mainstream traffic of contemporary living.’
    • ‘The two were astonishingly productive, and some of the most noted men of the day were accused of appropriating their ideas.’
    • ‘The accompanying images were appropriated from films and video but share certain visual qualities.’
    • ‘Because it was university property, appropriating the sign had to be an undercover job.’
    • ‘A user can be someone who appropriates the history, image, or reputation of a work of architecture for his own ends.’
    • ‘He filched my material and appropriated my voice and exploited a human tragedy that was really none of his business.’
    • ‘It's these same bookish types who tend to get in a bit of a flap when images or ideas from literature are appropriated by more popular media.’
    • ‘So the Portuguese fled, and the Walanda installed themselves in the one and only town on the island, appropriating the buildings and the possessions of the enemy.’
    • ‘This work illustrates her recent turn from appropriating photojournalistic images and portraits, toward obscuring the body.’
    • ‘Look, a rich man usually appropriates land as he wishes.’
    • ‘Fiction is thus a way of appropriating the world, giving the world the color, the taste, the sense, the dreams, the vigils, the perseverance and even the lazy repose that, to go on being, it claims.’
    • ‘‘When politics appropriates art, it is transformed into an object that is emptied of its meaning,’ he said.’
    • ‘Neo-modernism simply appropriates images and technology while forsaking old hopes and old ideas of the social.’
    • ‘Has anybody taken our New Wave of abstract artists to task for appropriating aboriginal art?’
    • ‘Newspapers should not roll over before a seven-year-old church as it appropriates titles from others that carry the weight of history.’
    seize, commandeer, expropriate, annex, arrogate, sequestrate, sequester, take possession of, take over, assume, secure, acquire, wrest, usurp, claim, lay claim to, hijack
    steal, take, misappropriate
    plagiarize, copy, reproduce
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  • 2Devote (money or assets) to a special purpose.

    ‘there can be problems in appropriating funds for legal expenses’
    • ‘If the company were forced into bankruptcy or left open to a major claim, the personal assets of the directors could be appropriated to pay off creditors.’
    • ‘He prefers the money to be appropriated for tax cuts for the upper bracket.’
    • ‘Seaports asked for three times the amount of money that the Congress appropriated for port security.’
    • ‘They have appropriated sophisticated 3D modeling software technology for the purpose.’
    • ‘After the war, Congress appropriated more money to harbor defense.’
    • ‘As of September 2004, no funds have been appropriated for the implementation of this Act.’
    • ‘If Parliament appropriates money for a purpose and the achievement of that purpose happens to involve doing something which may also represent the interests of a political party that is just not a disqualification.’
    • ‘What the figures on executive compensation show is how much social wealth the tiny elite appropriates for their personal bank accounts.’
    • ‘He doesn't seem to come into and fall out of fashion as much as he is simply appropriated for new purposes with each generation.’
    • ‘His fascination with popular culture and the ways it could be appropriated for artistic purposes seem prescient today.’
    • ‘We are debating important issues this afternoon - the $50 million - odd that this Parliament appropriates for Treasury to advise the Government.’
    • ‘The state Department of Health currently appropriates $500,000 in federal funding to six contractors who provide abstinence programs in nine counties throughout the state.’
    • ‘This makes Homeland a money magnet, one of the rare federal agencies for which Congress appropriates more funds than the president seeks.’
    • ‘It turned out that there were three guest bathrooms, each with similarly elegant appointments, so even with Clara appropriating one for her private use sufficient cleaning capacity remained for the boys.’
    • ‘Has it subsequently been appropriated for other purposes?’
    • ‘Money is appropriated for a two-year budget cycle during the odd-numbered years.’
    • ‘Third, additional funds will be appropriated for the support of public television and public radio.’
    • ‘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.’
    allocate, assign, allot, earmark, set apart, set aside, devote, apportion, budget
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Origin

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

Pronunciation:

appropriate

/əˈprəʊprɪeɪt/