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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)

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.

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."