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Topic: FINANCE

Date: 1400-1500
Language: Late Latin
Origin: , past participle of appropriare, from Latin ad- 'to' + proprius 'own'

appropriate

2 verb
     
ap‧pro‧pri‧ate2 [transitive] formal
1 to take something for yourself when you do not have the right to do this [= steal]:
He is suspected of appropriating government funds.
2BFPG to take something, especially money, to use for a particular purpose
appropriate something for something
Congress appropriated $5 million for International Woman's Year.
[↪ misappropriate]
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