- suitable or fitting for a particular purpose, person, occasion, etc.: an appropriate example; an appropriate dress.
- belonging to or peculiar to a person; proper: Each played his appropriate part.
verb (used with object), ap·pro·pri·at·ed, ap·pro·pri·at·ing.
- to set apart, authorize, or legislate for some specific purpose or use: The legislature appropriated funds for the university.
- to take to or for oneself; take possession of.
- to take without permission or consent; seize; expropriate: He appropriated the trust funds for himself.
- to steal, especially to commit petty theft.
- right or suitable; fitting
- rare particular; ownthey had their appropriate methods
verb (əˈprəʊprɪˌeɪt) (tr)
- to take for one’s own use, esp illegally or without permission
- to put aside (funds, etc) for a particular purpose or person
early 15c., “take possession of,” from Late Latin appropriatus, past participle of appropriare, adpropriare (c.450) “to make one’s own,” from Latin ad- “to” (see ) + propriare “take as one’s own,” from proprius “one’s own” (see ). Related: Appropriated; appropriating.
“specially suitable, proper,” early 15c., from Latin appropriatus, past participle of appropriare (see (v.)). Related: Appropriately; appropriateness.