Adjective "appropriate" definition and examples

(Appropriate may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


Suitable or proper in the circumstances.
  1. 'a measure appropriate to a wartime economy'
  2. 'Speed must be appropriate for the conditions, the size and type of vessel, and the safety of others in the area.'
  3. 'This may be appropriate for patients who are not suitable for anticoagulation.'
  4. 'It's appropriate to apologise when you've been wrong but re-writing the past is not an option.'
  5. 'Given the title, it may be appropriate to consider the semiology of it all.'
  6. 'As I prepare to leave Scotland for a while, it seems appropriate to focus on some of those bigger issues.'
  7. 'Until the cause was known, he said it would not be appropriate to comment.'
  8. 'Some content during this event may not be appropriate for all audiences.'
  9. 'In this particular case I made the decision that it was not appropriate to do that.'
  10. 'I felt it was entirely appropriate to honour my adopted country in my new hometown.'
  11. 'A conditional discharge would be appropriate for the offences in all the circumstances.'


Take (something) for one's own use, typically without the owner's permission.
  1. 'So the Portuguese fled, and the Walanda installed themselves in the one and only town on the island, appropriating the buildings and the possessions of the enemy.'
  2. 'Because it was university property, appropriating the sign had to be an undercover job.'
  3. 'It's these same bookish types who tend to get in a bit of a flap when images or ideas from literature are appropriated by more popular media.'
  4. 'Novels and the popular press eventually appropriated this image.'
  5. 'Look, a rich man usually appropriates land as he wishes.'
  6. 'By appropriating the fashion of the northwest outdoors, the designers took cycling out of the alternative-lifestyle gutter into the mainstream traffic of contemporary living.'
  7. 'Fiction is thus a way of appropriating the world, giving the world the color, the taste, the sense, the dreams, the vigils, the perseverance and even the lazy repose that, to go on being, it claims.'
  8. 'A user can be someone who appropriates the history, image, or reputation of a work of architecture for his own ends.'
  9. 'I can see appropriating certain aspect of a ‘well-know’ designer, such as yourself, but only if there is some kind of conceptual connection.'
  10. 'He filched my material and appropriated my voice and exploited a human tragedy that was really none of his business.'
Devote (money or assets) to a special purpose.
  1. 'If the bank knows that a given sum or item has been appropriated for a specific purpose, the right of set-off cannot be exercised in respect of it.'
  2. 'Third, additional funds will be appropriated for the support of public television and public radio.'
  3. 'He doesn't seem to come into and fall out of fashion as much as he is simply appropriated for new purposes with each generation.'
  4. 'Has it subsequently been appropriated for other purposes?'
  5. 'He prefers the money to be appropriated for tax cuts for the upper bracket.'
  6. 'Money is appropriated for a two-year budget cycle during the odd-numbered years.'
  7. 'The state Department of Health currently appropriates $500,000 in federal funding to six contractors who provide abstinence programs in nine counties throughout the state.'
  8. 'If Parliament appropriates money for a purpose and the achievement of that purpose happens to involve doing something which may also represent the interests of a political party that is just not a disqualification.'
  9. 'We are debating important issues this afternoon - the $50 million - odd that this Parliament appropriates for Treasury to advise the Government.'

More definitions

1. suitable or fitting for a particular purpose, person, occasion, etc.: an appropriate example; an appropriate dress.

2. belonging to or peculiar to a person; proper: Each played his appropriate part. verb (used with object), appropriated, appropriating.

3. to set apart, authorize, or legislate for some specific purpose or use: The legislature appropriated funds for the university.

4. to take to or for oneself; take possession of.

5. to take without permission or consent;

More examples(as adjective)

"systems can be appropriate for things."

"approaches can be appropriate for places."

"tradings can be appropriate to activities."

"syntaxs can be appropriate to forms."

"levels can be appropriate for returns."

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Late Middle English: from late Latin appropriatus, past participle of appropriare ‘make one's own’, from ad- ‘to’ + proprius ‘own, proper’.