Definition of appropriate adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//əˈprəʊpriət//
; NAmE NAmE//əˈproʊpriət//
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 suitable, acceptable or correct for the particular circumstances an appropriate response/measure/method Now that the problem has been identified, appropriate action can be taken. Is now an appropriate time to make a speech? Please debit my Mastercard/Visa/American Express card (delete as appropriate) (= cross out the options that do not apply). appropriate for something Jeans are not appropriate for a formal party. appropriate to something The book was written in a style appropriate to the age of the children. opposite inappropriate Word Originlate Middle English: from late Latin appropriatus, past participle of appropriare ‘make one's own’, from ad- ‘to’ + proprius ‘own, proper’.Extra examples It was thought appropriate to award her the prize. Tutors can construct tests appropriate to individual students’ needs. I don’t think a speech would be entirely appropriate. Jeans are not appropriate for a formal interview. The textbooks you use should be appropriate to the level of the students. We must make sure that appropriate action is taken. Would it be appropriate to take him a small gift?
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