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[adj. uh-proh-pree-it; v. uh-proh-pree-eyt] /adj. əˈproʊ pri ɪt; v. əˈproʊ priˌeɪt/
adjective
1.
suitable or fitting for a particular purpose, person, occasion, etc.:
an appropriate example; an appropriate dress.
2.
belonging to or peculiar to a person; proper:
Each played his appropriate part.
verb (used with object), appropriated, appropriating.
3.
to set apart, authorize, or legislate for some specific purpose or use:
The legislature appropriated funds for the university.
4.
to take to or for oneself; take possession of.
5.
to take without permission or consent; seize; expropriate:
He appropriated the trust funds for himself.
6.
to steal, especially to commit petty theft.
Origin
1515-1525
1515-25; < Late Latin appropriātus made one's own (past participle of appropriāre), equivalent to Latin ap- ap-1 + propri(us) one's own + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
appropriately, adverb
appropriateness, noun
appropriative
[uh-proh-pree-ey-tiv, -uh-tiv] /əˈproʊ priˌeɪ tɪv, -ə tɪv/ (Show IPA),
adjective
appropriativeness, noun
appropriator, noun
nonappropriative, adjective
quasi-appropriate, adjective
quasi-appropriately, adverb
reappropriate, verb (used with object), reappropriated, reappropriating.
well-appropriated, adjective
Can be confused
appropriate, apropos, expropriate.
Synonyms
1. befitting, apt, meet, felicitous, suited, proper, due, becoming, pertinent. 3. apportion, allocate, assign.
Antonyms
1. unsuitable, inept.
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Examples for appropriately
  • We generally think of time as a function that is appropriately expressed in a purely formal manner.
  • In the climactic scenes, the worlds do indeed collide, with appropriately spectacular results.
  • He replied to questions in full sentences, including long words used appropriately.
  • Find an appropriately dark scene, one that will let you do several second exposures.
  • Choose an appropriately sized refrigerator for your household's needs, as larger models use more energy.
  • The cheapest rooms offered at both places are appropriately posh but not nearly as palatial as the suites.
  • Airplane pilots rely upon checklists to ensure that both routine procedures and emergency responses are handled appropriately.
  • Experience must demonstrate success in appropriately applying the principles and practices of ethical financial management.
  • The remaining obstacle is ensuring that government funds are being used appropriately.
  • If they are not managed appropriately, the risk of failure will inevitably rise.
British Dictionary definitions for appropriately

appropriate

adjective (əˈprəʊprɪɪt)
1.
right or suitable; fitting
2.
(rare) particular; own they had their appropriate methods
verb (transitive) (əˈprəʊprɪˌeɪt)
3.
to take for one's own use, esp illegally or without permission
4.
to put aside (funds, etc) for a particular purpose or person
Derived Forms
appropriable, adjective
appropriately, adverb
appropriateness, noun
appropriative, adjective
appropriator, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Late Latin appropriāre to make one's own, from Latin proprius one's own; see proper
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Word Origin and History for appropriately
appropriate
1520s, from L.L. appropriatus, pp. of appropriare, adpropriare (c.450) "to make one's own," from L. ad- "to" + propriare "take as one's own," from proprius "one's own" (see proper). Adj. sense of "specially suitable, proper" is from 1540s.
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Slang definitions & phrases for appropriately

appropriate

verb

liberate (WWI Army)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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