give, assign, or seize a resource -- usually for a particular use
The money has been appropriated, but it hasn’t been spent yet.
The invading army appropriated the home to use as a local headquarters.
She appropriated my coffee as she ran to the meeting.
She appropriated my idea as her own.
In practice this means that she appropriates the MEAT LIKE YOU LIKE IT sign and incorporates it into one of her constructions,
Margaret Atwood -- Cat’s Eye
When they had eaten, Red appropriated the herder’s hat,
Hal Borland -- When the Legends Die
The deputy director seemed very good at appropriating everything that K. was now forced to give up!
Franz Kafka -- The Trial
But his house was large enough that she could have appropriated an entire wing for herself if she wanted it.
J.D. Robb -- Glory in Death
granting an annual appropriation of two thousand dollars.
Booker T. Washington -- Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
...raising the conditions of new appropriations of Lands.
Thomas Jefferson et al. -- The Declaration of Independence
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In exactly the same way, Germany shifted the borders of the European countries it had subdued, appropriating province after province;
Wladyslaw Szpilman -- The Pianist
Fame has seized her and appropriated her, name, barn, cows and all.
Jim Murphy -- The Great Fire
In early spring Bennington finally chose a contractor to come to Yamacraw to install the air conditioners for which the board of education had appropriated money the previous summer.
Pat Conroy -- The Water is Wide
It was a Polish structure: the barracks and buildings of Auschwitz made up the homely nucleus of a former cavalry installation when it was appropriated by the Germans.
William Styron -- Sophie’s Choice
That even this narrow hallway of a shop could be appropriated as the numbers swell.
Suzanne Collins -- Mockingjay
As the Peacekeepers fell, weapons were appropriated for the rebels.
Suzanne Collins -- Catching Fire
I cannot describe the delight I felt when I learned the ideas appropriated to each of these sounds and was able to pronounce them.
Mary Shelley -- Frankenstein
To continue funding his extravagance, Mobutu simply appropriated the national treasury, printing money whenever he needed it, which led to staggering inflation that further weakened his failing country.
Warren St. John -- Outcasts United
At this moment two women entered, bringing salvers filled with ices and sherbet, which they placed on two small tables appropriated to that purpose.
Alexandre Dumas -- The Count of Monte Cristo
I appropriated it with a clear conscience since it looked as if he were never going to get around to it.
Homer Hickam -- October Sky
The room communicated, on one side, with her father and mother’s apartment; on the other, with that appropriated to Miss Ophelia.
Harriet Beecher Stowe -- Uncle Tom’s Cabin
Its two slopes have been appropriated for the monumental hillock.
Victor Hugo -- Les Miserables
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.
Ayn Rand -- The Fountainhead
Whenever one of them made a move she had never seen before, she quickly appropriated it-imagined it as part of her own repertoire.
Frank Beddor -- The Looking Glass Wars
Ultimately the defendants (the crew of another ship) came up with the whale, struck, killed, seized, and finally appropriated it before the very eyes of the plaintiffs.
Herman Melville -- Moby Dick
Before Eragon could ask what he meant, Orik joined their canoe while Arya and Lifaen appropriated the second one.
Christopher Paolini -- Eldest
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.
Leo Tolstoy -- War and Peace
So, she appropriated the greater part of the weekly stipend to her own use, and consigned the rising parochial generation to even a shorter allowance than was originally provided for them.
Charles Dickens -- Oliver Twist
How, without wit, he appropriates the wit of others!
Voltaire -- Candide
Both entered, and found themselves in darkness; but Mme. Bonacieux was acquainted with all the turnings and windings of this part of the Louvre, appropriated for the people of the household.
Alexandre Dumas -- The Three Musketeers
Mr. Wopsle, the clerk at church, was to dine with us; and Mr. Hubble the wheelwright and Mrs. Hubble; and Uncle Pumblechook (Joe’s uncle, but Mrs. Joe appropriated him), who was a well-to-do cornchandler in the nearest town, and drove his own chaise-cart.
Charles Dickens -- Great Expectations
And even if their property were not appropriated by the military, it would be as good as lost if she and Frank went to jail, for who would look after their business in their absence?
Margaret Mitchell -- Gone with the Wind
For all that, however, he determined to take him, intending to furnish him with a more honourable mount when a chance of it presented itself, by appropriating the horse of the first discourteous knight he encountered.
Miguel de Cervantes -- Don Quixote
They were permitted to attend the white churches, a certain portion of the galleries being appropriated to their use.
Harriet Jacobs -- Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
Already the other women with her, the blonde in the short pink bed jacket with the tatty fur trim, has been appropriated, has entered the glass elevator, has ascended out of sight.
Margaret Atwood -- The Handmaid’s Tale
A convenient apartment was provided for her at court: she had a sort of governess appointed to take care of her education, a maid to dress her, and two other servants for menial offices; but the care of me was wholly appropriated to herself.
Jonathan Swift -- Gulliver’s Travels
The thick wood is not just at our door, nor the pond, but somewhat is always clearing, familiar and worn by us, appropriated and fenced in some way, and reclaimed from Nature.
Henry David Thoreau -- Walden
The last time I saw Mr. Whitefield was in London, when he consulted me about his Orphan House concern, and his purpose of appropriating it to the establishment of a college.
Benjamin Franklin -- The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
He’d appropriated the raisins from the kitchen while on KP duty, he explained to Ranous.
James Bradley -- Flags of Our Fathers
Yes, I consider that I practically stole it, but, if you prefer, I ’appropriated it.’
Fyodor Dostoyevsky -- The Brothers Karamazov
And here the unhappy wretch pulled out from her pocket a large pair of paste shoe-buckles which had excited her admiration, and which she had just appropriated out of one of the bookcases in the study, where they had lain.
William Makepeace Thackeray -- Vanity Fair
Nudge got onto the laptop we’d more or less appropriated from Anne.
James Patterson -- School’s Out - Forever
Restore to the King the money you appropriated.
T.S. Eliot -- Murder in the Cathedral
The great are deceived if they imagine they have appropriated ambition and vanity to themselves.
Henry Fielding -- Tom Jones
But this poetry done into solemn prose meant either wholesale confiscation of private property in the South, or vast appropriations.
W. E. B. Du Bois -- The Souls of Black Folk
When those young men whose surnames had been appropriated for years by my mooning girlfriends came to the store and drummed their big hands on the counter, I wanted to take each finger in my mouth and feel their calluses with my tongue.
Julia Alvarez -- In the Time of the Butterflies
Cedric, though surprised, and perhaps not altogether agreeably so, at his ward appearing in public on this occasion, hastened to meet her, and to conduct her, with respectful ceremony, to the elevated seat at his own right hand, appropriated to the lady of the mansion.
Sir Walter Scott -- Ivanhoe
Now, Nimrod being as dead as the mighty hunter whose name Mrs. Snagsby has appropriated, and the lady being unproducible, she directs her mental eye, for the present, with redoubled vigilance to the boy.
Charles Dickens -- Bleak House
You consider my arms filled and my embraces appropriated?
Charlotte Bronte -- Jane Eyre
Lord Ravenshaw and the duke had appropriated the only two characters worth playing before I reached Ecclesford; and though Lord Ravenshaw offered to resign his to me, it was impossible to take it, you know.