Ap·pro·pri·ate a. Set apart for a particular use or person. Hence: Belonging peculiarly; peculiar; suitable; fit; proper.
In its strict and appropriate meaning. --Porteus.
Appropriate acts of divine worship. --Stillingfleet.
It is not at all times easy to find words appropriate to express our ideas. --Locke.
Ap·pro·pri·ate v. t. [imp. & p. p. Appropriated p. pr. & vb. n. Appropriating ]
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. To make suitable; to suit. [Archaic]
4. Eng. Eccl. Law To annex, as a benefice, to a spiritual corporation, as its property.
Ap·pro·pri·ate n. A property; attribute. [Obs.]
adj 1: 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" [ant: inappropriate]
2: appropriate for achieving a particular end; implies a lack
of concern for fairness [syn: advantageous]
3: meant or adapted for an occasion or use; "a tractor suitable
(or fit) for heavy duty"; "not an appropriate (or fit)
time for flippancy" [syn: suitable, suited]
4: suitable and fitting; "the tailored clothes were harmonious
with her military bearing" [syn: harmonious]
5: being of striking appropriateness and pertinence; "the
successful copywriter is a master of apposite and
evocative verbal images"; "an apt reply" [syn: apposite,
v 1: give or assign a share of money or time to a particular
person or cause; "I will earmark this money for your
research" [syn: allow, earmark, set aside, reserve]
2: 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" [syn: capture, seize, conquer]