ap·pro·pri·ate /ə-'prō-prē-ˌāt/ vt -at·ed, -at·ing [Late Latin appropriare to take possession of, from ad to, for + proprius one's own]
1: to set apart for or assign to a particular recipient, purpose, or use
the legislature appropriating funds for the program
2: to take or make use of without authority or right
ap·pro·pri·a·tion /ə-ˌprō-prē-'ā-shən/ n

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I adjective accommodatus, accordant, accurate, adapted to, admissible, applicable, apposite, apropos, apt, aptus, befitting, concordant, condign, conformable, congruens, congruous, consistent, consonant, correct, correspondent, exact, expedient, fine, fit, fitting, germane, good, harmonious, likely, meet, opportune, pertinent, practicable, precise, proper, relevant, right, rightful, seemly, suitable, suited, timely, well-suited associated concepts: appropriate bargaining unit, appropriate cause of action, appropriate remedy II verb acquire, adopt, annex, arrogate, assume, assume ownership, borrow, capture, claim, possess, take, take over III index accroach, acquire (secure), admissible, adopt, allocate, annex (arrogate), applicable, apposite, ascribe, assign (allot), assume (seize), attach (seize), certain (specific), collect (recover money), commensurate, condemn (seize), condign, confiscate, congruous, consonant, convenient, correlative, devote, dispense, distrain, distribute, divide (distribute), dole, due (regular), eligible, fair (just), favorable (advantageous), felicitous, fit, fitting, garnish, germane, hijack, hold up (rob), impound, impress (procure by force), impropriate, loot, mete, monopolize, obtain, occupy (take possession), opportune, parcel, pertinent, pirate (reproduce without authorization), plagiarize, poach, preempt, procure, proper, reclaim, related, relative (relevant), relevant, right (suitable), rightful, seasonable, seize (confiscate), sequester (seize property), several (separate), specific, suitable, viable

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

(1) To take something for one’s own; often used to describe theft.
(2) To allocate money or other items for a particular purpose.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

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  • Appropriate — Ap*pro pri*ate, a. [L. appropriatus, p. p. of appropriare; ad + propriare to appropriate, fr. proprius one s own, proper. See {Proper}.] Set apart for a particular use or person. Hence: Belonging peculiarly; peculiar; suitable; fit; proper. [1913 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Appropriate — Ap*pro pri*ate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Appropriated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Appropriating}.] 1. 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. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • appropriate — [adj] suitable adapted, applicable, appurtenant, apropos, apt, becoming, befitting, belonging, congruous, convenient, correct, deserved, desired, due, felicitous, fit, fitting, germane, good, just, on the button*, on the nose*, opportune,… …   New thesaurus

  • appropriate — vb preempt, *arrogate, confiscate, usurp Analogous words: *take, seize, grab: annex, *add appropriate adj fitting, proper, *fit, suitable, apt, meet, happy, felicitous Analogous words: apposite, pertinent, germane, * …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • appropriate — [ə prō′prē āt΄; ] for adj. [, ə prō′prēit] vt. appropriated, appropriating [ME appropriaten < LL appropriatus, pp. of appropriare, to make one s own < L ad , to + proprius, one s own] 1. to take for one s own or exclusive use 2. to take… …   English World dictionary

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  • appropriate — ap‧pro‧pri‧ate [əˈprəʊpri eɪt ǁ əˈproʊ ] verb [transitive] 1. LAW to take something for yourself when you have no right to do this: • The generals appropriated defence funds, leaving their men unpaid for months. 2. ECONOMICS to take something,… …   Financial and business terms

  • appropriate — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ suitable; proper. ► VERB 1) take for one s own use without permission. 2) devote (money) to a special purpose. DERIVATIVES appropriately adverb appropriateness noun appropriation noun app …   English terms dictionary

  • appropriate — I adj. 1) appropriate for; to (appropriate for us; appropriate to the occasion) 2) appropriate to + inf. (it is not appropriate to tip a bus driver) 3) appropriate that + clause; subj. (it is appropriate that he be/ should be present) II v. 1)… …   Combinatory dictionary

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