Definition of "appropriate" []

  • Suitable for a particular person, condition, occasion, or place; fitting. (adjective)
  • To set apart for a specific use: appropriating funds for education. (verb-transitive)
  • To take possession of or make use of exclusively for oneself, often without permission: Lee appropriated my unread newspaper and never returned it. (verb-transitive)
  • Right or suitable; fitting (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Particular; own (adjective)
  • To take for one's own use, esp illegally or without permission (verb)
  • To put aside (funds, etc) for a particular purpose or person (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "appropriate" in a sentence
  • "The term "appropriate," like most institutional language, manages to give the appearance of clarity while retaining its ability to shift its focus as needed."
  • "HEMMER: Is the title appropriate, "Hollywood Animal?""
  • "In the search for new strategies many people have begun to reflect on elementary technologies; the term appropriate technology has become a buzzword."