1. [ adjective ] 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"

Related terms: inappropriate in_order proper pat due befitting proper apropos appropriateness
2. [ verb ] give or assign a share of money or time to a particular person or cause
Synonyms: allow reserve set_aside earmark

"I will earmark this money for your research"

Related terms: assign reserve
3. [ adjective ] appropriate for achieving a particular end; implies a lack of concern for fairness
Synonyms: advantageous
Related terms: expedient
4. [ adjective ] suitable and fitting
Synonyms: harmonious

"the tailored clothes were harmonious with her military bearing"

Related terms: congruous
5. [ verb ] (military) take possession of without permission or take with force, as after a conquest or invasion
Synonyms: seize conquer capture take_over

"the invaders seized the land and property of the inhabitants" "The army seized the town" "The militia captured the castle"

Related terms: take capture annex carry conquest appropriator
6. [ adjective ] meant or adapted for an occasion or use
Synonyms: suited suitable

"a tractor suitable (or fit) for heavy duty" "not an appropriate (or fit) time for flippancy"

Related terms: fit
7. [ adjective ] being of striking appropriateness and pertinence
Synonyms: pertinent apt apposite

"the successful copywriter is a master of apposite and evocative verbal images" "an apt reply"

Related terms: apropos
Similar spelling:   appropriated