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.
adj : taken without permission or consent especially by public
authority; "the condemned land was used for a highway
cloverleaf"; "the confiscated liquor was poured down
the drain" [syn: condemned, confiscate, confiscated,
seized, taken over]