- ap|pro|pri|ate1 W1S1 [əˈprəupri-ıt US əˈprou-] adjcorrect or suitable for a particular time, situation, or purpose≠ ↑inappropriate appropriate for▪ clothes appropriate for a job interviewappropriate to▪ an education system which is more appropriate to the needs of the studentsit is appropriate (for sb) to do sth▪ It would not be appropriate for me to discuss that now.it is appropriate (that)▪ It seemed somehow appropriate that we should begin our journey here.appropriate time/place etc▪ I didn't feel that this was an appropriate time to mention the subject of money.highly/entirely/wholly appropriate▪ I thought his remark was highly appropriate, given the circumstances.▪ The timing of the announcement was particularly appropriate .▪ Where appropriate , I delegate as much work as possible.▪ Mark box 1 or 2, as appropriate .▪ I can assure you that appropriate action will be taken.>appropriately adv▪ The painters met, appropriately enough , in an art gallery (=used to emphasize that something is very appropriate) .▪ appropriately dressed>appropriateness n [U]appropriate 2ap|pro|pri|ate2 [əˈprəuprieıt US əˈprou-] v [T] formal[Date: 1400-1500; : Late Latin; Origin: , past participle of appropriare, from Latin ad- 'to' + proprius 'own']1.) to take something for yourself when you do not have the right to do this= ↑steal▪ He is suspected of appropriating government funds.2.) to take something, especially money, to use for a particular purposeappropriate sth for sth▪ Congress appropriated $5 million for International Woman's Year.
Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.