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

      

    appropriate

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//əˈprəʊprieɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈproʊprieɪt//
     
    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they appropriate
    BrE BrE//əˈprəʊprieɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈproʊprieɪt//
     
    he / she / it appropriates
    BrE BrE//əˈprəʊprieɪts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈproʊprieɪts//
     
    past simple appropriated
    BrE BrE//əˈprəʊprieɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈproʊprieɪtɪd//
     
    past participle appropriated
    BrE BrE//əˈprəʊprieɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈproʊprieɪtɪd//
     
    -ing form appropriating
    BrE BrE//əˈprəʊprieɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈproʊprieɪtɪŋ//
     
    Committing crime
     
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  1. 1appropriate something to take something, somebody’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. See related entries: Committing crime
  2. 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.
  3. compare misappropriate
    Word Origin late Middle English: from late Latin appropriatus, past participle of appropriare ‘make one's own’, from ad- ‘to’ + proprius ‘own, proper’.Extra examples Five million dollars has been appropriated for research into the disease. Some of the opposition party’s policies have been appropriated by the government.
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