Appropriate vs appropriate

Appropriate and appropriate  are two words that are spelled identically but are pronounced differently and have different meanings, which makes them heteronyms. We will examine the definitions of the words appropriate and appropriate, where these words came from, and a few examples of their use in sentences.

Appropriate (uh PRO pree ut) is an adjective that means suitable, fitting, pertinent, relevant. The word appropriate is derived from the Latin word, appropriare, which means to make one’s own.

Appropriate (uh PRO pree ate) is a verb that means to commandeer something, to confiscate something, to seize something without permission. Appropriate may also mean to set aside funds for a certain purpose. Appropriate is a transitive verb, which is a verb that takes an object and it is also derived from the Latin word, appropriare. Related words are appropriates, appropriated, appropriating, appropriation.

Examples

A webinar on Covid Appropriate Behavior jointly organized by National Institute of Disaster Management and Institution of Engineers (India) J&K State Centre Srinagar was held today. (Kashmir Images)

The Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development (KPWKM) wants the offenders responsible for the death of a nine-month-old baby boy on Tuesday to receive the appropriate harsh punishment. (Malay Mail)

A showdown is brewing between New Mexico lawmakers and Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham over which branch of government has the authority to appropriate federal funds. (Santa Fe New Mexican)

The reburial of Shmuel Yefimovich Plavnik, better known by his pen name Zmitrok Byaduli, took place on Tuesday at a Christian cemetery in Minsk, prompting critics to complain that it erased the poet’s Jewish origins and appropriated his memory. (Times of Israel)

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