ap-pro-pri-ate, adj., v.
1. -adj. particularly suitable; fitting; compatible: remarks appropriate to the occasion.
2. -v.t. to set apart for a specific purpose or use: to appropriate funds for an environmental study.
3. to take to or for oneself; take possession of.
4. to take without permission; expropriate.
[1515-25; < LL approopriātus, ptp of appropriāre to make one’s own = L ap– ap-‘ + –propriāre, v. der. of propious one’s own].
1. the act of appropriating.
2. anything appropriated for a special purpose, esp. money authorized to be paid from the public treasury.
[1325-75; ME (< MF) >LL]
Abbreviation key LL: late Latin; ME: middle English; MF middle French.
Source: Random House Webster’s College Dictionary. McGRAW-HILL Edition, 1991.