give, assign, or seize a resource -- usually for a particular use
the bigger and stronger appropriating all the glory, while the beauty of the unprepossessing goes unsung—which should have been awarded to that magnificent little creation of the great free spirit of Greece.
The appropriation had been approved and the site chosen; but not the architect.
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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.
It would appear that an ornamented stringcourse would be so much more appropriate.
And yet it seems appropriate together—this paper and that letter.
Holcombe, who never looked in the direction of the model and never missed a guest stopping before it, slapped Keating’s shoulder and said something appropriate about young fellows learning the beauty of the style of the Renaissance.
He sent her beautiful Valentines on the appropriate day—with paper lace, rosebuds and love poems.
It is a scientific fact that the architectural style of the Renaissance is the only one appropriate to our age.
The Banner presented murder, arson, rape, corruption—with an appropriate moral against each.
Like the three of us—with me serving as understudy for the hypotenuse, quite an appropriate substitution, since I’m replacing my antipode, don’t you think so, Dominique?
But I’ll tell you this, Alvah—I’ll tell it to you, because I couldn’t find a less appropriate person to hear it: nothing that you do to me—or to him—will be worse than what I’ll do myself.
Of course, I didn’t know it would ever become so appropriate.
"The title of this venture would be most appropriate," Ellsworth Toohey had written, "if we assumed that the centuries had passed by on horseback."
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There were white crosses on the fresh panes of glass in the windows, and it looked appropriate, like an error X-ed out of existence.
The secretary, a young man who looked bored, asked him several questions about his experience; he asked them slowly, as if it required an effort to decide just what it would be appropriate to ask under the circumstances, since the answers would make no difference whatever; he glanced at some photographs of Roark’s buildings, and declared that Mr. Enright would not be interested.
When he entered, she saw him looking at the mob of guests as if he did not realize that such a mob was appropriate to a Grand Opera premiere or a royal rummage sale, not to the solemn climax of his life.
"Is it not appropriate," wrote Lancelot Clokey in a syndicated article, "that Howard Roark is being defended by the Wynand papers?
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