- 1appropriate something to take something, someone's ideas, etc. for your own use, especially illegally or without permission He was accused of appropriating club funds. Some of the opposition party's policies have been appropriated by the government.
- 2appropriate something (for something) to take or give something, especially money for a particular purpose Five million dollars have been appropriated for research into the disease. compare misappropriate
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NAmE//əˈproʊpriˌeɪt//(formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they appropriate
he / she / it appropriates
past simple appropriated
-ing form appropriating