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APPROPRIATE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does appropriate mean? 

APPROPRIATE (adjective)
  The adjective APPROPRIATE has 5 senses:

1. suitable for a particular person or place or condition etc
2. appropriate for achieving a particular end; implies a lack of concern for fairness
3. meant or adapted for an occasion or use
4. suitable and fitting
5. being of striking appropriateness and pertinence

  Familiarity information: APPROPRIATE used as an adjective is common.


APPROPRIATE (verb)
  The verb APPROPRIATE has 2 senses:

1. give or assign a resource to a particular person or cause
2. take possession of by force, as after an invasion

  Familiarity information: APPROPRIATE used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


APPROPRIATE (adjective)


Sense 1appropriate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Suitable for a particular person or place or condition etc

Context examples:

a book not appropriate for children / a funeral conducted the appropriate solemnity / it seems that an apology is appropriate

Similar:

proper; right; suitable; suited (appropriate for a condition or purpose or occasion or a person's character, needs)

pat (exactly suited to the occasion)

grade-appropriate (the quality of ability and work that is appropriate for students in a specified grade)

befitting (appropriate to)

Also:

apropos (of an appropriate or pertinent nature)

proper (marked by suitability or rightness or appropriateness)

Attribute:

appropriateness (the quality of being specially suitable)

Antonym:

inappropriate (not suitable for a particular occasion etc)


Sense 2appropriate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Appropriate for achieving a particular end; implies a lack of concern for fairness

Synonyms:

appropriate; advantageous

Similar:

expedient (serving to promote your interest)


Sense 3appropriate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Meant or adapted for an occasion or use

Synonyms:

suitable; suited; appropriate

Context examples:

a tractor suitable (or fit) for heavy duty / not an appropriate (or fit) time for flippancy

Similar:

fit (meeting adequate standards for a purpose)


Sense 4appropriate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Suitable and fitting

Synonyms:

harmonious; appropriate

Context example:

the tailored clothes were harmonious with her military bearing

Similar:

congruent; congruous (corresponding in character or kind)


Sense 5appropriate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Being of striking appropriateness and pertinence

Synonyms:

apposite; pertinent; apt; appropriate

Context examples:

the successful copywriter is a master of apposite and evocative verbal images / an apt reply

Similar:

apropos (of an appropriate or pertinent nature)


APPROPRIATE (verb)


Sense 1appropriate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Give or assign a resource to a particular person or cause

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

appropriate; earmark; set aside; reserve; allow

Context examples:

I will earmark this money for your research / She sets aside time for meditation every day

Hypernyms (to "appropriate" is one way to...):

allot; assign; portion (give out or allot)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s something to somebody


Sense 2appropriate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Take possession of by force, as after an invasion

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Synonyms:

conquer; appropriate; seize; capture

Context examples:

the invaders seized the land and property of the inhabitants / The army seized the town / The militia captured the castle

Hypernyms (to "appropriate" is one way to...):

arrogate; assume; seize; take over; usurp (seize and take control without authority and possibly with force; take as one's right or possession)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "appropriate"):

carry (capture after a fight)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s something from somebody


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