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definition of the word appropriate

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From Middle English appropriaten, from Latin appropriatus, past participle of approprio (to make one's own), from ad (to) + proprio (to make one's own), from proprius (one's own, private).

Adjective
Verb

appropriate (comparative more appropriate, superlative most appropriate)

Positive
appropriate

Comparative
more appropriate

Superlative
most appropriate

  1. (obsolete) Set apart for a particular use or person; reserved.
  2. Hence, belonging peculiarly; peculiar; suitable; fit; proper.
    The headmaster wondered what an appropriate measure would be to make the pupil behave better.
    In its strict and appropriate meaning. --Porteus.
    Appropriate acts of divine worship. --Stillingfleet.
    It is not at all times easy to find words appropriate to express our ideas. --Locke.
  3. Suitable to the social situation or to social respect or social discreetness; socially correct; socially discreet; well-mannered; proper.
    I don't think it was appropriate for the cashier to tell me outloud in front of all those people at the check-out that my hair-piece looked like it was falling out of place.


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