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English

Etymology

From Middle English appropriaten, from [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] appropriatus, past participle of approprio (to make one's own), from ad (to) + proprio (to make one's own), from proprius (one's own, private).

Pronunciation

Adjective
  • (RP) enPR: əprō'priĭt, əprō'priət, IPA: /əˈpɹəʊ.pɹiː.ɪt/, /əˈpɹəʊ.pɹiː.ət/, SAMPA: /@"pr@U.pri:.It/, /@"pr@U.pri:.@t/
  • (US) enPR: əprō'priĭt, əprō'priət, IPA: /əˈpɹoʊ.pɹi.ɪt/, /əˈpɹoʊ.pɹi.ət/, SAMPA: /@"proU.pri.It/, /@"proU.pri.@t/
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Verb

Adjective

appropriate (comparative {{{1}}}, superlative {{{2}}})

Positive
appropriate

Comparative
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Superlative
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  1. (obsolete) Set apart for a particular use or person; reserved.
  2. Hence, belonging peculiarly; peculiar; suitable; fit; proper.
    The headmaster wondered what an appropriate measure would be to make the pupil behave better.
    In its strict and appropriate meaning. --Porteus.
    Appropriate acts of divine worship. --Stillingfleet.
    It is not at all times easy to find words appropriate to express our ideas. --Locke.
  3. Suitable to the social situation or to social respect or social discreetness; socially correct; socially discreet; well-mannered; proper.
    I don't think it was appropriate for the cashier to tell me outloud in front of all those people at the check-out that my hair-piece looked like it was falling out of place.
Synonyms
Translations

Verb

Infinitive
to appropriate

Third person singular
appropriat

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
ing

to appropriate (third-person singular simple present appropriat, present participle ing, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To make suitable; to suit. --Paley.
  2. (transitive) To take to one's self in exclusion of others; to claim or use as by an exclusive right; as in: "let no man appropriate the use of a common benefit."
  3. (transitive) To set apart for, or assign to, a particular person or use, in exclusion of all others;—with to or for; as, a spot of ground is appropriated for a garden; to appropriate money for the increase of the navy.
  4. (transitive, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To annex, as a benefice, to a spiritual corporation, as its property. --Blackstone.
Translations

Italian

Adjective

appropriate f.

  1. Feminine plural form of appropriato

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