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[adjective uh-proh-pree-it; verb uh-proh-pree-eyt] /adjective əˈproʊ pri ɪt; verb əˈproʊ priˌeɪt/
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), appropriated, appropriating.
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.
Origin of appropriate
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
[uh-proh-pree-ey-tiv, -uh-tiv] /əˈproʊ priˌeɪ tɪv, -ə tɪv/ (Show IPA),
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.
1. befitting, apt, meet, felicitous, suited, proper, due, becoming, pertinent. 3. apportion, allocate, assign.
1. unsuitable, inept. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for appropriator
Historical Examples
  • The appropriator of the tale had a wide reputation in the West, and was exceedingly popular.

  • He hadn't so much minded the epithets Mrs. Folliott had applied, for they were to the appropriator of her securities.

    The Finer Grain Henry James
  • Verily, an appropriator of all values must such bestowing love become; but healthy and holy, call I this selfishness.

    Thus Spake Zarathustra Friedrich Nietzsche
  • As the appropriator of his own he didn't so much want to brand him as—just more "amusingly" even, if one would.

    The Finer Grain Henry James
  • In other words, the first appropriator is the first in right.

British Dictionary definitions for appropriator


adjective (əˈprəʊprɪɪt)
right or suitable; fitting
(rare) particular; own: they had their appropriate methods
verb (transitive) (əˈprəʊprɪˌeɪt)
to take for one's own use, esp illegally or without permission
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 appropriator



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 ad-) + propriare "take as one's own," from proprius "one's own" (see proper). Related: Appropriated; appropriating.


"specially suitable, proper," early 15c., from Latin appropriatus, past participle of appropriare (see appropriate (v.)). Related: Appropriately; appropriateness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for appropriator



liberate (WWI Army)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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