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suitable or fitting for a particular purpose, person, occasion, etc.:
an appropriate example; an appropriate dress.
belonging to or peculiar to a person; proper:
Each played his appropriate part.
to set apart, authorize, or legislate for some specific purpose or use:
The legislature appropriated funds for the university.
to take to or for oneself; take possession of.
to take without permission or consent; seize; expropriate:
He appropriated the trust funds for himself.
to steal, especially to commit petty theft.
Historical Examples

The appropriator of the tale had a wide reputation in the West, and was exceedingly popular.
Chapters from My Autobiography Mark Twain

He hadn’t so much minded the epithets Mrs. Folliott had applied, for they were to the appropriator of her securities.
The Finer Grain Henry James

Verily, an appropriator of all values must such bestowing love become; but healthy and holy, call I this selfishness.
Thus Spake Zarathustra Friedrich Nietzsche

As the appropriator of his own he didn’t so much want to brand him as—just more “amusingly” even, if one would.
The Finer Grain Henry James

In other words, the first appropriator is the first in right.
Proceedings of the Second National Conservation Congress Various

adjective (əˈprəʊprɪɪt)
right or suitable; fitting
(rare) particular; own: they had their appropriate methods
verb (transitive) (əˈprəʊprɪˌeɪt)
to take for one’s own use, esp illegally or without permission
to put aside (funds, etc) for a particular purpose or person

early 15c., “take possession of,” from Late Latin appropriatus, past participle of appropriare, adpropriare (c.450) “to make one’s own,” from Latin ad- “to” (see ad-) + propriare “take as one’s own,” from proprius “one’s own” (see proper). Related: Appropriated; appropriating.

“specially suitable, proper,” early 15c., from Latin appropriatus, past participle of appropriare (see appropriate (v.)). Related: Appropriately; appropriateness.


liberate (WWI Army)


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