Meaning of appropriate

ap•pro•pri•ate

Pronunciation: (adj.u-prō'prē-itv.u-prō'prē-āt&sec), [key]
— adj., v., -at•ed, -at•ing.
—adj.
  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.
—v.t.
  1. to set apart, authorize, or legislate for some specific purpose or use: The legislature appropriated funds for the university.
  2. to take to or for oneself; take possession of.
  3. to take without permission or consent; seize; expropriate: He appropriated the trust funds for himself.
  4. to steal, esp. to commit petty theft.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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