- (RP) enPR əprō'priĭt, IPA: /əˈpɹəʊ.pɹiː.ɪt/, /əˈpɹəʊ.pɹiː.ət/
- (America) enPR əprō'priĭt, IPA: /əˈpɹoʊ.pɹi.ɪt/, /əˈpɹoʊ.pɹi.ət/
- Suitable or fit; proper.
- The headmaster wondered what an appropriate measure would be to make the pupil behave better.
- in its strict and appropriate meaning
- 1710, Edward Stillingfleet, Several Conferences Between a Romish Priest, a Fanatick Chaplain, and a Divine of the Church of England Concerning the Idolatry of the Church of Rome
- appropriate acts of divine worship
- It is not at all times easy to find words appropriate to express our ideas.
- 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 appropriate for the cashier to tell me out loud in front of all those people at the check-out that my hair-piece looked like it was falling out of place.
- While it is not considered appropriate for a professor to date his student, there is no such concern once the semester has ended.
- (obsolete) Set apart for a particular use or person; reserved.
- (all senses) inappropriate
- French: approprié, idoine
- German: angebracht, angemessen, passend
- Italian: apposito
- Portuguese: apropriado
- Russian: соотве́тствующий
- Spanish: apropiado, adecuado
- Portuguese: apropriado
appropriate (appropriates, present participle appropriating; past and past participle appropriated)
- (transitive, archaic) To make suitable; to suit.
- Were we to take a portion of the skin, and contemplate its exquisite sensibility, so finely appropriated […] we should have no occasion to draw our argument, for the twentieth time, from the structure of the eye or the ear.
- (transitive) To take to oneself; to claim or use, especially as by an exclusive right.
- Let no man appropriate the use of a common benefit.
- (transitive) To set apart for, or assign to, a particular person or use, especially in exclusion of all others; with to or for.
- A spot of ground is appropriated for a garden.
- to appropriate money for the increase of the navy
- 2012, The Washington Post, David Nakamura and Tom Hamburger, "Put armed police in every school, NRA urges ↗"
- “I call on Congress today to act immediately to appropriate whatever is necessary to put armed police officers in every single school in this nation,” LaPierre said.
- (transitive, British, ecclesiastical, legal) To annex (for example a benefice, to a spiritual corporation, as its property).
- (to take to oneself) help oneself, impropriate; see also Thesaurus:take or Thesaurus:steal
- (to set apart for) allocate, earmark; see also Thesaurus:set apart
- German: aneignen