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appropriate

adjective uk   /əˈprəʊ.pri.ət/ us    /-ˈproʊ-/
B2 suitable or right for a particular situation or occasion: appropriate footwear for the country Is this film appropriate for small children? I didn't think his comments were very appropriate at the time. Is this an appropriate occasion to discuss finance? Please complete the appropriate parts of this form (= the parts that are right or necessary for your particular situation) and return it as soon as possible.
Opposite
appropriately
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
B2 She didn't think we were appropriately dressed for a wedding.
appropriateness
noun [U] uk   /-nəs/ us  

appropriate

verb [T] uk   /əˈprəʊ.pri.eɪt/ us    /-ˈproʊ-/ formal

appropriate verb [T] (TAKE)

to take something for your own use, usually without permission: He lost his job when he was found to have appropriated some of the company's money.

appropriate verb [T] (KEEP MONEY)

to keep an amount of money to use for a particular purpose: The government have appropriated millions of pounds for the project.
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