Definitions of appropriate

  1. appropriate for achieving a particular end; implies a lack of concern for fairness
  2. give or assign a share of money or time to a particular person or cause; " I will earmark this money for your research"
  3. being of striking appropriateness and pertinence; " the successful copywriter is a master of apposite and evocative verbal images"; " an apt reply"
  4. take possession of without permission or take with force, as after a conquest or invasion; " the invaders seized the land and property of the inhabitants"; " The army seized the town"; " The militia captured the castle"
  5. suitable for a particular person or place or condition etc; " a book not appropriate for children"; " a funeral conducted the appropriate solemnity"; " it seems that an apology is appropriate"
  6. suitable and fitting; " the tailored clothes were harmonious with her military bearing"
  7. meant or adapted for an occasion or use; " a tractor suitable ( or fit) for heavy duty"; " not an appropriate ( or fit) time for flippancy"
  8. take possession of by force, as after an invasion; " the invaders seized the land and property of the inhabitants"; " The army seized the town"; " The militia captured the castle"
  9. Set apart for a particular use or person. Hence: Belonging peculiarly; peculiar; suitable; fit; proper.
  10. To take to one's self in exclusion of others; to claim or use as by an exclusive right; as, let no man appropriate the use of a common benefit.
  11. To make suitable; to suit.
  12. To annex, as a benefice, to a spiritual corporation, as its property.
  13. A property; attribute.
  14. 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.
  15. To take to oneself, in exclusion of others; set apart for a particular use; as, the government appropriated money for good roads.
  16. Fit; suitable; proper.
  17. Appropriately.
  18. Appropriateness.
  19. To take to one's self as one's own: to set apart for a purpose.
  20. Set apart for a particular purpose: peculiar: suitable.
  21. Proper; suitable.
  22. To take for one's self; to set apart for a purpose.
  23. To set apart for a particular use; assign.
  24. To take for a particular use; assign.
  25. To take for one's own use; make use of.
  26. Suitable for the person, circumstance, place, etc.
  27. To set apart for a particular use; to claim or use as by right; to apply to one's own use.
  28. Limited or set apart to a particular person or use; fit; suitable.

Usage examples for appropriate

  1. Then it was Barbara who spoke, though she felt that what she said was not especially appropriate. – A Damaged Reputation by Harold Bindloss
  2. Altogether, it was a day to be marked; not with a white stone,- that would not have seemed appropriate to Colorado,- but with a red one. – Clover by Susan Coolidge
  3. " It would be very appropriate," I said. – By Wit of Woman by Arthur W. Marchmont
  4. At the conclusion of this touching and appropriate speech, my boy, all the men exclaimed: " We will!" – The Orpheus C. Kerr Papers. Series 1 by Robert H. Newell
  5. Dr Bird, a somewhat appropriate authority in this case, mentions an incident which happened in America. – The Romance of Natural History, Second Series by Philip Henry Gosse
  6. When anything went wrong, Sam'l had an appropriate word for the occasion. – The Crisis, Complete by Winston Churchill Last Updated: March 6, 2009
  7. Appropriate clothes should be worn at all times. – The Colored Girl Beautiful by E. Azalia Hackley
  8. " He comes at an appropriate moment," cried the Emperor. – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  9. How they have pleaded for medical inspection and appropriate medical treatment of school children! – On the Firing Line in Education by Adoniram Judson Ladd
  10. " It seems hardly appropriate to smoke cigars in this room," John observed. – Poor Relations by Compton Mackenzie
  11. But, no, it wouldn't be appropriate for this occasion. – The Garden Party by Katherine Mansfield
  12. It would be unfair, continued Mr. Stanley, to blame too severely those, who, living constantly in the country, give a little in to its appropriate pleasures. – Coelebs In Search of a Wife by Hannah More
  13. Never were resolutions more appropriate, or that came more pat to suit the occasion. – Memoirs of Henry Hunt, Esq. Volume 3 by Henry Hunt
  14. We make a practice of givin' presents in our own family Thanksgivin', for it always seemed so kinder appropriate that while we wuz givin' thanks we might just as well give a few more. – Around the World with Josiah Allen's Wife by Marietta Holley
  15. I did not find anything appropriate to answer. – The King's Mirror by Anthony Hope
  16. On another occasion the Christian painter would paint another appropriate vision, and a painter of another religion or philosophy would write another appropriate word. – The Agony of the Church (1917) by Nikolaj Velimirovic
  17. It is easy to imagine a room in the description of which the following paragraphs would be appropriate:- 1. Point of view. – Composition-Rhetoric by Stratton D. Brooks
  18. As for you two, you both need a vacation, and nothing could be more perfectly appropriate and more delightful to everybody than that you should take our wedding- trip. – The Associate Hermits by Frank R. Stockton
  19. The map of the property was not very clear in the matter, but he remembered the space well, and convinced himself that no other place in all Bullhampton could be so appropriate for a Methodist chapel. – The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope
  20. Finally, to suppose, with Murray, that, " the Interjection does not require a distinct, appropriate rule," is in admirable keeping with all the foregoing quotations, and especially with his notion of what it does require; namely, " the objective case of the first person:" but who dares deny that the following exclamation is good English? – The Grammar of English Grammars by Goold Brown