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as in: it is appropriate Define
suitable (fitting) for a particular situation
  • These clothes aren’t appropriate for work.
  • The movie is not appropriate for young children.

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  • We disagree about what is appropriate.
  • Her behavior was inappropriate.
  • developmentally appropriate lessons
  • There is a trail here, but it is more appropriate for squirrels than humans.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • Mom and I finally had a chance to go shopping for weather-appropriate clothing over the weekend.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Slammed
  • My arms break out in chills and I suddenly have visions that are entirely too inappropriate for a high school cafeteria.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Hopeless
  • I swallow back the sudden and totally inappropriate urge to laugh hysterically.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • I look at the preacher and at my new mama and fix my face to look like hers. We all sit lined up with faces like hers. She says to be appropriate. It is hard too when...
    Kaye Gibbons  --  Ellen Foster

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  • "No," Liam interrupted, "but I imagine it’s not pretty or appropriate for an eleven-year-old’s ears."
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds
  • Another woman would have thought that her son was bewitched, and taken appropriate measures.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • To him it seems appropriate, to me eccentric: it’s a defiance of convention, but of a convention he’s never heard of.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • But at this particular moment, the exclamation mark seemed entirely appropriate. It was terribly exciting that...
    Kate DiCamillo  --  Flora & Ulysses
  • I’ve got some ideas for your ashes. ... We’ll find something appropriate.
    John Corey Whaley  --  Nogin
  • When asked about them I had acquired an accent appropriate to a town three states south of my own, and I had transmitted the impression, without actually stating it, that this was the old family place.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
    United States ’Founding Fathers’  --  The Constitution of the United States
  • For such things your education is appropriate and mine non-existent.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • All they want me to do is dress and behave appropriately and not embarrass them.
    Kenneth Oppel  --  Airborn
  • I was making far more eye contact than was appropriate.
    Randy Pausch  --  The Last Lecture
  • It’s an expensive clan to run with; outfits must be coordinated, crisp, and seasonally appropriate.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Speak
  • It didn’t seem appropriate to be joking like that, Will, Miss Mattie Lou being so recently dead.
    Olive Ann Burns  --  Cold Sassy Tree
  • ...this didn’t seem the appropriate place to mention that.
    Louis Sachar  --  Holes
  • I’ve brought appropriate clothing.
    Alex Flinn  --  Beastly
  • He also said that I should use the vocabulary words that I learn in class like "corpulent" and "jaundice." I would use them here, but I really don’t think they are appropriate in this format.
    Stephen Chbosky  --  The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • Behavior becomes inappropriately aggressive.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • How inappropriately hormonal can one boy be?
    Sherman Alexie  --  The Absolutlely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
  • As for my lessons with the Captain, my mother, sensitive to the least hint of inappropriate behavior, always went with me.
    Katherine Paterson  --  Jacob Have I Loved
  • He understands the way you felt, but that doesn’t change the fact that you acted inappropriately, to say the least.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  A Bend in the Road
  • This seemed like an appropriate time to disappear completely.
    Sara Shepard  --  Pretty Little Liars
  • I delight in being a child when it’s appropriate to be a child.
    Mitch Albom  --  Tuesdays with Morrie
  • Jamie smiled and nodded at the appropriate times, asking questions every now and then.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  A Walk to Remember
  • Chiron ordered a twenty-four/seven guard duty on the hilltop, at least until he could find an appropriate monster to protect the Fleece.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Sea of Monsters
  • ...though it didn’t look quite as nice as the first one, it conveyed an image she thought would be more appropriate.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Notebook
  • I began for the first time to adopt a frame of mind appropriate for the journey before me.
    Kazuo Ishiguro  --  The Remains of the Day
  • What would have been an appropriate level of intensity for my anger at feeling shut out of life?
    Susanna Kaysen  --  Girl Interrupted
  • Miss Hastings pressed the appropriate button on the remote control, and Red Stevens appeared once again on the video screen.
    Jim Stovall  --  The Ultimate Gift
  • The champagne’s very appropriate.
    Anton Chekhov  --  The Cherry Orchard
  • I looked sick, haunted, which I felt was appropriate so I just left my face as it was, without applying any makeup or touching my hair.
    Sarah Dessen  --  That Summer
  • I’d chosen this particular music because of its beautiful, lilting beat, and also because I’d Googled Aldebaran and found out it was a giant star—and I thought music that celebrated the night sky was appropriate for tonight.
    P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast  --  Betrayed
  • They waited for an appropriately decent answer.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • So I speak to him and say to him: "Comrade, I did not want to kill you." If you jumped in here again, I would not do it, if you would be sensible too. But you were only an idea to me before, an abstraction that lived in my mind and called forth its appropriate response.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • inappropriate to the times
    Dalton Trumbo  --  Johnny Got His Gun
  • You go upstairs and put on something appropriate.
    Kathryn Stockett  --  The Help
  • None of us, apparently, was able to think of any appropriate way of following this command.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Bean Trees
  • It’s one of those words with many definitions, but there’s one that’s most appropriate.
    Jay Asher  --  Thirteen Reasons Why
  • Aphrodite’s laugh was way too sexual to be appropriate,
    P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast  --  Marked
  • He quickly identified the guys in the appropriate age group, most of whom seemed to be single.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Lucky One
  • Monique knew about it, but was so afraid of Jordan that she’d accepted it as appropriate discipline.
    Sharon M. Draper  --  Forged by Fire
  • Jews were to do two years’ labour in concentration camps where we would receive ’appropriate social education’, to cure us of being ’parasites on the healthy organism of the Aryan peoples’.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
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as in: appropriated the Define
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.

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  • 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.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
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  • This letter, he had thought, was particularly appropriate.
    David Baldacci  --  Wish You Well
  • As they sat down, I crossed through the appropriate squares on the Colonel’s diagram and handed it to him.
    John Green  --  Looking for Alaska

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  • Now I wander among the guests, lost and aimless, responding to the sympathetic words of those around me with appropriate, practiced replies.
    Marie Lu  --  Legend
  • Direct taxes principally relate to land and buildings, and they may be appropriate for the rule of apportionment.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • It was also in Orion—it was his left foot, which seemed appropriate, because Brian was an extra-fast runner.
    Jeannette Walls  --  The Glass Castle
  • It happens time and again, putting off things that we convince ourselves might be better, more meaningful, more appropriate for another time.
    Tim Tebow  --  Through My Eyes
  • I shall need appropriate garments.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Game of Thrones
  • It seemed only appropriate.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Clash of Kings
  • You shall have your reward, but it shall be one I deem appropriate to your service and station.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Storm of Swords
  • We considered the outlay appropriate.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die

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  • Massaging my heart, trying to get it beating again, I tried to make some move appropriate to the situation.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • "The Herald Tribune might be more appropriate," he said in his Tennessee drawl so strangely devoid of warmth.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • It would make an interesting essay, I thought, picking out appropriate clothes when a loved one goes missing.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • The kitchen staff has been working day and night to find appropriate options for the first dinner once your suitors arrive.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Heir
  • A tunnel; how appropriate, he thought before he blacked out completely.
    James Dashner  --  The Kill Order
  • I decide to take Huckleberry (seems appropriate) and Where the Sidewalk Ends.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • They downloaded another customer query, and Mae scrolled through the boilerplates, found the appropriate answer, personalized it, and sent it back.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • If there was an appropriate response to this information, I didn’t know what it was.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • This was appropriate, as it was the greatest silence of the three, wrapping the others inside itself.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • We also have some clothes, though not many of the clothes we wore in Florida are appropriate for life in Ohio.
    Pittacus Lore  --  I Am Number Four
  • He fumbled for an appropriate descriptor.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • Others asked what could be more appropriate than celebrating the birth of Jesus and the spirit of the holiday season.
    Judy Blume  --  In the Unlikely Event
  • Third, choose the correct answers by circling the appropriate letter.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • Of course, we would wait the appropriate amount of time out of respect for my brother.
    Pam Munoz Ryan  --  Esperanza Rising
  • "But that’s not appropriate at all," Charles said crossly.
    Madeleine L’Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • But I think this punishment is more appropriate for a man like you.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • You will put yourself to bed at the appropriate time and turn out your light.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • "A number of reasons, but mostly because we didn’t really have an appropriate place to put them."
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • It is hardly appropriate to welcome him into our home without offering refreshment.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Chains
  • There is an expression that, I am sad to say, is appropriate for this part of the story.
    Lemony Snicket  --  The Wide Window
  • It was seldom necessary to do more than nod periodically, saying "Oh, really?" or "How perfectly fascinating!" at appropriate intervals.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • We must find someone appropriate to drive you, the concierge said.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • Quite a sentiment, but appropriate and just, I think.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • All his clothes were fresh from the tailor’s and were all right, except for being too new and too distinctly appropriate.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • He was going to say "to a shade," but substituted this, as more appropriate.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Christmas Carol
  • The word was appropriate to the moment.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • Mrs. Gradgrind faintly looked at the tongs, as the most appropriate thing her imbecility could think of doing.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • A singularly appropriate phrase it proved.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • It would appear that an ornamented stringcourse would be so much more appropriate.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Appropriate, he thought, barely able to contain his excitement.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • My father wanted time to present antimatter in the appropriate light.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Jokes like "Oh, don’t worry, they can’t all fall on him" or "One bomb is all it takes" are hardly appropriate in this situation.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • Take appropriate precautions.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • "I’m feeling apprehensive," he confessed, glad that the appropriate descriptive word had finally come to him.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • When the hat announces your House, you will go and sit at the appropriate table.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • The deacon board, however, did appropriate funds for him to buy a new suit.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • Inevitable, and appropriate.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • But McDonald’s has a rule that employees have to wear appropriate footwear at all times.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • I followed the other women into an ante-room, where we were searched for contraband and examined for appropriate dress.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • He gave an impression of lassitude, and his nickname was eminently appropriate.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
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