Suitable for a particular person, condition, occasion, or place; fitting. tr.v., -atÂ·ed, -atÂ·ing, -ates. (-Ät')
- To set apart for a specific use: appropriating funds for education.
- To take possession of or make use of exclusively for oneself, often without permission: Lee appropriated my unread newspaper and never returned it.
[Middle English appropriat, from Late Latin appropriÄtus, past participle of appropriÄre, to make one's own : Latin ad-, ad- + Latin proprius, own.]appropriately apÂ·pro'priÂ·ateÂ·ly adv.
appropriateness apÂ·pro'priÂ·ateÂ·ness n.
appropriative apÂ·pro'priÂ·a'tive (-Ä'tÄv) adj.
appropriator apÂ·pro'priÂ·a'tor n.
SYNONYMS appropriate, arrogate, commandeer, confiscate, preempt, usurp. These verbs mean to seize for oneself or as one's right: appropriated the family car; arrogated the chair at the head of the table; commandeered a plane for the escape; confiscating stolen property; preempted the glory for herself; usurped the throne. See also synonyms at allocate.