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as in: it is appropriate Define
suitable (fitting) for a particular situation
  • He smiled quite inappropriately.
  • Before Anna Pavlovna and the others had time to smile their appreciation of the vicomte’s epigram, Pierre again broke into the conversation, and though Anna Pavlovna felt sure he would say something inappropriate, she was unable to stop him.

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  • Nicholas blushed and was confused when people spoke to him about the princess (as she did when he was mentioned) and even when he thought of her, but in her presence he felt quite at ease, and said not at all what he had prepared, but what, quite appropriately, occurred to him at the moment.

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  • These clothes aren’t appropriate for work.
  • The movie is not appropriate for young children.

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as in: appropriated the Define
give, assign, or seize a resource -- usually for a particular use
  • Rostov remembered Sventsyani, because on the first day of their arrival at that small town he changed his sergeant major and was unable to manage all the drunken men of his squadron who, unknown to him, had appropriated five barrels of old beer.
  • Many of them appropriated several houses, chalked their names on them, and quarreled and even fought with other companies for them.

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  • The money has been appropriated, but it hasn’t been spent yet.
  • The invading army appropriated the home to use as a local headquarters.

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  • Anna Mikhaylovna instantly guessed her intention and stooped to be ready to embrace the countess at the appropriate moment.
  • Boris was elegantly dressed, with a slightly martial touch appropriate to a campaign.

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  • Vera was good-looking, not at all stupid, quick at learning, was well brought up, and had a pleasant voice; what she said was true and appropriate, yet, strange to say, everyone—the visitors and countess alike—turned to look at her as if wondering why she had said it, and they all felt awkward.
  • He had often begun to make reflections or think aloud in her company, and she had always answered him either by a brief but appropriate remark—showing that it did not interest her—or by a silent look and smile which more palpably than anything else showed Pierre her superiority.

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as in: it is appropriate Define
suitable (fitting) for a particular situation
as in: appropriated the Define
give, assign, or seize a resource -- usually for a particular use
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