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"appropriate" in British English

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appropriateadjective

uk   /əˈprəʊ.pri.ət/  us   /-ˈproʊ-/
B2 suitable or ​right for a ​particularsituation or ​occasion: appropriate ​footwear for the ​country Is this ​film appropriate forsmallchildren? I didn't ​think his ​comments were very appropriate at the ​time. Is this an appropriate ​occasion to ​discussfinance? Please ​complete the appropriate ​parts of this ​form (= the ​parts that are ​right or ​necessary for ​yourparticularsituation) and ​return it as ​soon as ​possible.
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appropriately
adverb uk   us   /-li/

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B2 She didn't ​think we were appropriately ​dressed for a ​wedding.
appropriateness
noun [U] uk   us   /-nəs/

appropriateverb [T]

uk   /əˈprəʊ.pri.eɪt/  us   /-ˈproʊ-/ formal
(Definition of appropriate from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"appropriate" in American English

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appropriateadjective

 us   /əˈproʊ·pri·ət/
  • appropriate adjective (CORRECT)

correct or ​right for a ​particularsituation or ​occasion: Punishment should be appropriate to the ​crime. I don’t have any appropriate ​clothes.
appropriately
adverb  us   /əˈproʊ·pri·ət·li/
Those ​kids aren’t appropriately ​dressed for the ​cold.
appropriateness
noun [U]  us   /əˈproʊ·pri·ət·nəs/
I ​wonder about the appropriateness of ​borrowingmoney from my ​brother.

appropriateverb [T]

 us   /əˈproʊ·priˌeɪt/
  • appropriate verb [T] (TAKE)

to take and use for a ​purpose: The ​state appropriated ​funds for more ​clinics. Appropriate also ​means to ​steal: He ​lost his ​job after he appropriated some of the company’s ​money.
(Definition of appropriate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “appropriate”
in Korean 적절한…
in Arabic مُلائم, مُناسِب…
in Malaysian patut…
in French approprié (à)…
in Russian подходящий…
in Chinese (Traditional) 適當的,恰當的, 合適的…
in Italian appropriato, apposito…
in Turkish uygun, yerinde…
in Polish odpowiedni…
in Spanish apropiado, adecuado, conveniente…
in Vietnamese phù hợp…
in Portuguese apropriado, adequado…
in Thai เหมาะสม…
in German angemessen…
in Catalan apropiat…
in Japanese 適切な, 正しい…
in Chinese (Simplified) 适当的,恰当的, 合适的…
in Indonesian semestinya, tepat, pantas…
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