1. To make suitable; to suit.
  2. To take to oneself in exclusion of others; to claim or use as by an exclusive right.
  3. To set apart for, or assign to, a particular person or use, in exclusion of all others; with to or for.
  4. To annex, as a benefice, to a spiritual corporation, as its property.


  1. Set apart for a particular use or person; reserved.
  2. Hence, belonging peculiarly; peculiar; suitable; fit; proper.
    The headmaster wondered what an appropriate measure would be to make the pupil behave better.
  3. Suitable to the social situation or to social respect or social discreetness; socially correct; socially discreet; well-mannered; proper.
    I don't think it was appropriate for the cashier to tell me out loud in front of all those people at the check-out that my hair-piece looked like it was falling out of place.
    While it is not considered appropriate for a professor to date his student, there is no such concern once the semester has ended.

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