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verb [transitive] appropriate pronunciation in British English /əˈprəʊpriˌeɪt/ 
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present tense
present participleappropriating
past tenseappropriated
past participleappropriated
  1. 1
    to decide officially that money will be used for a particular purpose

    The legislature appropriated funds for technology in the schools.

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  2. 2
    legal to take something illegally
    1. a.
      formal to take something for yourself

      She had appropriated his role as chief provider for the family.


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