• Hannibal makes the usual neat and appropriate Speech previous to killing himself
    Hannibal makes the usual neat and appropriate Speech previous to killing himself
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj appropriate 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"
    • v appropriate give or assign a resource to a particular person or cause "I will earmark this money for your research","She sets aside time for meditation every day"
    • v appropriate 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"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1850, Michigan's state constitution included the following line: "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, unless for the punishment of crime, shall ever be tolerated in this state." This inadvertently legalized slavery as an appropriate punishment for crime. It wasn't until 1963 that the grammar was fixed to outlaw slavery. The change required shifting the comma following "servitude" to the position after "slavery."
    • n Appropriate A property; attribute.
    • a Appropriate Set apart for a particular use or person. Hence: Belonging peculiarly; peculiar; suitable; fit; proper. "In its strict and appropriate meaning.""Appropriate acts of divine worship.""It is not at all times easy to find words appropriate to express our ideas."
    • Appropriate (Eng. Eccl. Law) To annex, as a benefice, to a spiritual corporation, as its property.
    • Appropriate To make suitable; to suit.
    • Appropriate 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.
    • Appropriate 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: It is only appropriate to fly the US flag upside down in emergencies. It means "Help Me, I am in Trouble!"
    • appropriate 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.
    • appropriate In general, to take for any use; put to use.
    • appropriate 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.
    • appropriate In ecclesiastical law, to annex, as a benefice, to an ecclesiastical corporation, for its perpetual use.
    • appropriate Set apart for a particular use or person; hence, belonging peculiarly; suitable; fit; befitting; proper.
    • appropriate Synonyms Apt, becoming, in keeping, felicitous.
    • n appropriate Peculiar characteristic; attribute; proper function; property.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: MTV (Music Television) made its debut at 12:01 a.m. on August 1, 1981 The first music-video shown on the rock-video cable channel was, appropriately, "Video Killed the Radio Star" by the Buggles. MTV's original five veejays were Martha Quinn, Nina Blackwood, Mark Goodman, J.J. Jackson and Alan Hunter.
    • v.t Appropriate ap-prō′pri-āt to make the private property of any one: to take to one's self as one's own: to set apart for a purpose:
    • adj Appropriate set apart for a particular purpose: peculiar: suitable
    • v.t Appropriate ap-prō′pri-āt (arch.) to select as suitable (with to)
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  • Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger
    Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger
    “Standards of conduct appropriate to civil society or the workings of a democracy cannot be purely and simply applied to the Church.”
  • Jean-Paul Sartre
    “To eat is to appropriate by destruction.”
  • Ida P. Rolf
    Ida P. Rolf
    “Form and function are a unity, two sides of one coin. In order to enhance function, appropriate form must exist or be created.”
  • William Randolph Hearst
    William Randolph Hearst
    “In suggesting gifts: Money is appropriate, and one size fits all.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “By necessity, by proclivity, and by delight, we all quote. In fact it is as difficult to appropriate the thoughts of others as it is to invent.”
  • Emile Durkheim
    “Too cheerful a morality is a loose morality; it is appropriate only to decadent peoples and is found only among them.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. appropriatus, p. p. of appropriare,; ad, + propriare, to appropriate, fr. proprius, one's own, proper. See Proper
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. appropriāre, -ātumad, to, proprius, one's own. See Proper.


In literature:

Manners appropriate to Superiors and Subordinates.
"A Treatise on Domestic Economy" by Catherine Esther Beecher
The school-house was dedicated with appropriate exercises, Hon.
"History of the Negro Race in America from 1619 to 1880. Vol. 2 (of 2)" by George Washington Williams
To the honor of Congress it should be said, that the appropriation passed both houses by a unanimous vote.
"Woman's Work in the Civil War" by Linus Pierpont Brockett
Handsomely illustrated and with appropriate cover design.
"The Brighton Boys in the Radio Service" by James R. Driscoll
It may be doubted whether all the ill effects of these appropriations were foreseen by their promoters in the early years of our history.
"The Story of the Upper Canada Rebellion, Volume 1" by John Charles Dent
My practice has been, to have two periods, of short duration, each day, appropriated to these objects.
"The Teacher" by Jacob Abbott
This was the prayer of pious Naomi for Ruth and Orpah, and is an appropriate prayer now in behalf of unmarried womanhood.
"The Wedding Ring" by T. De Witt Talmage
It is necessary to wear a dress appropriate to the occasion in order to be well dressed.
"The Etiquette of To-day" by Edith B. Ordway
Appropriations were made for the fortification of harbors and the collection of military stores.
"Union and Democracy" by Allen Johnson
We have tacitly assumed that a book has but one interpretation and therefore but one most appropriate design.
"The Booklover and His Books" by Harry Lyman Koopman

In poetry:

But soon he tires and asks for more,
Appropriate to his age;
So, though a man may higher soar
And greater aims engage
"Undecaying Fruit" by Joseph Horatio Chant
Now returned but I note as more appropriate
To the maturer mood impending thunder
With an indigo sky and the garden hushed except for
The treetops moving.
"June Thunder" by Louis MacNeice
"If he should say 'HOW CAME YOU HERE?'
(The way that YOU began, Sir,)
In such a case your course is clear -
Is the appropriate answer.
"Phantasmagoria Canto II ( Hys Fyve Rules )" by Lewis Carroll
A king might not disdain to wear
The title so appropriate
To one who never sought to share
Exalted station 'mong the great,
Nor cared if on the scroll of fame
Were never traced his worthy name.
"Honest John" by Hattie Howard
Oh Bibbles, black little bitch
I'd never have let you appropriate me, had I known.
I never dreamed, till now, of the awful time the Lord must
have, "owning" humanity.
Especially democratic live-by-love humanity.
"Bibbles" by D H Lawrence

In news:

I know I'm old but I still think that at funerals and memorial services, one should dress appropriately.
Whether you're an elite athlete, a weekend warrior, or a beginning exerciser, a set of appropriately-weighted dumbbells can be a challenging tool to increase your fitness, improve your health, slim your waistline, and deliver amazing results.
Early romantic accounts tell us that the world-renowned actress Eleonora Duse was born, in 1858, in a train, an appropriate setting for someone who was to spend most of her life on the move.
What is the appropriate age for girls to have their ears pierced.
Fortunately, the Strasbourg style was widely copied, often in simplified versions appropriate to commercial production.
It's All About Educationally -Appropriate Software.
It is also the one wine that may be appropriately served any time of day, with any meal and with just about any type of food.
Appropriate for older middle schoolers & adults.
Electrocution is the obvious danger faced by anyone working on or near live electrical equipment and it is clearly important to understand shock hazards and wear appropriate protection.
Atrick O'Brian's novel "The Thirteen-Gun Salute" is, appropriately, the 13th in a series of closely related historical romances set, for the most part, aboard the ships of Nelson's navy during the wars against Bonaparte.
2) Building setup conditions appropriate for testing the enclosures air tightness are defined in this standard.
I drove a gas-guzzling car, believed a light off was a light wasted, and even though the City of Los Angeles provided me with the appropriate bins, I couldn't be bothered to separate my recyclables.
The Mesa Monitor Stand is a moveable shelf designed to raise any desktop computer monitor to the ergonomically appropriate height.
I had set my alarm for 6:45 am in order to have plenty of time to dress appropriately, have a good breakfast and arrive before 8:30 at the New Criminal Courthouse.
The Senate Appropriations Committee Thursday passed Assembly Bill 376 - a ban on the sale, possession or distribution of shark fins.

In science:

Comparisons of the two surveys will be made when appropriate.
QSOs and Absorption Line Systems Surrounding the Hubble Deep Field
Newberg & Yanny 1997; Warren et al. 1991), which are appropriate for large surveys for which it is impractical to check every candidate.
QSOs and Absorption Line Systems Surrounding the Hubble Deep Field
In particular the moments of the distribution of these random variables are universal functions, when measured in the appropriate units of the level spacing.
Characteristic polynomials of random matrices at edge singularities
Finally, we must supply the appropriate initial data.
Existence and homogenization of the Rayleigh-B\'enard problem
For this purpose one needs to impose the appropriate boundary condition on the pressure in order to close the system.
Existence and homogenization of the Rayleigh-B\'enard problem