appropriate

I UK [əˈprəʊprɪət] / US [əˈproʊprɪət] adjective **
suitable or right for a particular situation or purpose

This isn't the appropriate time to discuss the problem.

The manager should take appropriate action if safety standards are not being met.

appropriate to/for:

We need to ensure the teaching they receive is appropriate to their needs.

appropriate that:

It is entirely appropriate that his music should be played at this festival.


Derived words:
appropriately
adverb

appropriately dressed


appropriateness
noun uncountable
II UK [əˈprəʊprɪˌeɪt] / US [əˈproʊprɪˌeɪt] verb [transitive]
Word forms "appropriate":
present tense I/you/we/they appropriate he/she/it appropriates present participle appropriating past tense appropriated past participle appropriated
1) to decide officially that money will be used for a particular purpose

The legislature appropriated funds for technology in the schools.

2)
a) legal to take something illegally
b) formal to take something for yourself

She had appropriated his role as chief provider for the family.


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  • appropriate — ap·pro·pri·ate /ə prō prē ˌāt/ vt at·ed, at·ing [Late Latin appropriare to take possession of, from ad to, for + proprius one s own] 1: to set apart for or assign to a particular recipient, purpose, or use the legislature appropriating funds for… …   Law dictionary

  • Appropriate — Ap*pro pri*ate, a. [L. appropriatus, p. p. of appropriare; ad + propriare to appropriate, fr. proprius one s own, proper. See {Proper}.] Set apart for a particular use or person. Hence: Belonging peculiarly; peculiar; suitable; fit; proper. [1913 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Appropriate — Ap*pro pri*ate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Appropriated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Appropriating}.] 1. To take to one s self in exclusion of others; to claim or use as by an exclusive right; as, let no man appropriate the use of a common benefit. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • appropriate — [adj] suitable adapted, applicable, appurtenant, apropos, apt, becoming, befitting, belonging, congruous, convenient, correct, deserved, desired, due, felicitous, fit, fitting, germane, good, just, on the button*, on the nose*, opportune,… …   New thesaurus

  • appropriate — vb preempt, *arrogate, confiscate, usurp Analogous words: *take, seize, grab: annex, *add appropriate adj fitting, proper, *fit, suitable, apt, meet, happy, felicitous Analogous words: apposite, pertinent, germane, * …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • appropriate — [ə prō′prē āt΄; ] for adj. [, ə prō′prēit] vt. appropriated, appropriating [ME appropriaten < LL appropriatus, pp. of appropriare, to make one s own < L ad , to + proprius, one s own] 1. to take for one s own or exclusive use 2. to take… …   English World dictionary

  • Appropriate — Ap*pro pri*ate, n. A property; attribute. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • appropriate — ap‧pro‧pri‧ate [əˈprəʊpri eɪt ǁ əˈproʊ ] verb [transitive] 1. LAW to take something for yourself when you have no right to do this: • The generals appropriated defence funds, leaving their men unpaid for months. 2. ECONOMICS to take something,… …   Financial and business terms

  • appropriate — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ suitable; proper. ► VERB 1) take for one s own use without permission. 2) devote (money) to a special purpose. DERIVATIVES appropriately adverb appropriateness noun appropriation noun app …   English terms dictionary

  • appropriate — ap|pro|pri|ate1 W1S1 [əˈprəupri ıt US əˈprou ] adj correct or suitable for a particular time, situation, or purpose ≠ ↑inappropriate appropriate for ▪ clothes appropriate for a job interview appropriate to ▪ an education system which is more… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • appropriate — I adj. 1) appropriate for; to (appropriate for us; appropriate to the occasion) 2) appropriate to + inf. (it is not appropriate to tip a bus driver) 3) appropriate that + clause; subj. (it is appropriate that he be/ should be present) II v. 1)… …   Combinatory dictionary

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