American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Suitable for a particular person, condition, occasion, or place; fitting.
- v. To set apart for a specific use: appropriating funds for education.
- v. To take possession of or make use of exclusively for oneself, often without permission: Lee appropriated my unread newspaper and never returned it.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To take to one's self in exclusion of others; claim or use as by an exclusive right: as, let no man appropriate the use of a common benefit.
- In general, to take for any use; put to use.
- To set apart for or assign to a particular purpose or use, in exclusion of all other purposes or uses: as, Congress appropriated more money than was needed; to appropriate a spot of ground for a garden.
- In ecclesiastical law, to annex, as a benefice, to an ecclesiastical corporation, for its perpetual use.
- Set apart for a particular use or person; hence, belonging peculiarly; suitable; fit; befitting; proper.
- Synonyms Apt, becoming, in keeping, felicitous.
- n. Peculiar characteristic; attribute; proper function; property.
- adj. obsolete Set apart for a particular use or person; reserved.
- adj. Hence, belonging peculiarly; peculiar; suitable; fit; proper.
- adj. Suitable to the social situation or to social respect or social discreetness; socially correct; socially discreet; well-mannered; proper.
- v. transitive, archaic To make suitable; to suit. -- William Paley.
- v. transitive 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."
- v. transitive 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.
- v. transitive, UK, ecclesiastical, law To annex, as a benefice, to a spiritual corporation, as its property. --Blackstone.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Set apart for a particular use or person. Hence: Belonging peculiarly; peculiar; suitable; fit; proper.
- v. To take to one's self in exclusion of others; to claim or use as by an exclusive right.
- v. To set apart for, or assign to, a particular person or use, in exclusion of all others; -- with
- v. Archaic To make suitable; to suit.
- v. (Eng. Eccl. Law) To annex, as a benefice, to a spiritual corporation, as its property.
- n. obsolete A property; attribute.
- v. give or assign a resource to a particular person or cause
- adj. suitable for a particular person or place or condition etc
- v. take possession of by force, as after an invasion
- From Middle English appropriaten, from Latin appropriatus, past participle of approprio ("to make one's own"), from ad ("to") + proprio ("to make one's own"), from proprius ("one's own, private"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English appropriat, from Late Latin appropriātus, past participle of appropriāre, to make one's own : Latin ad-, ad- + Latin proprius, own; see per1 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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