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Word of the Day 3/22/14 Appropriate

Appropriate (adjective, verb)
ap·pro·pri·ate [adj. uh-proh-pree-it; v. uh-proh-pree-eyt]


adjective
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.

verb (used with object)
3. to set apart, authorize, or legislate for some specific purpose or use: The legislature appropriated funds for the university.
4. to take to or for oneself; take possession of.
5. to take without permission or consent; seize; expropriate: He appropriated the trust funds for himself.
6. to steal, especially to commit petty theft.

Can be confused: apropos, expropriate.

Synonyms
1. befitting, apt, meet, felicitous, suited, proper, due, becoming, pertinent.
3. apportion, allocate, assign.

Antonyms
1. unsuitable, inept.

Origin: 1515–25; < Late Latin appropriātus made one's own (past participle of appropriāre ), equivalent to Latin ap- ap- + propri ( us ) one's own + -ātus -ate

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