Word of the Day: Appropriate


ap-pro-pri-ate /

     ə-prō-prē-ĭt as an adjective

     ə-prō-prē-āt as a verb


1. suitable; proper

Appropriate action means to advance your own goals, without unintentional harm to anyone else.

Steven Brust, 1955 -


1. to allocate; to set aside for a specific purpose or use

We will never get anywhere with our finances until we pass a law saying that every time we appropriate something, we've got to pass another bill along with it stating where the money is coming from.

Will Rogers 1879-1935

2. to take for one’s own use, often without permission or illegally

As a 5th grader, I appropriated my older brother's high school biology textbook, and I was hooked: I knew I wanted to be a physician.

Thomas P. Huber, MD, ? –

3. to take for public use

If a private entrepreneur makes a mistake, he goes bankrupt, the losses are cut; if he bets wrong, he loses; if the gov bets wrong, they just get bigger, they just appropriate more money.

Peter Schiff, 1963 -


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