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  • The adjective appropriate (~ 'suitable', 'proper') is fairly common in formal English.

Do not confuse it

  • with the less common verb, 'to appropriate', which means 'to take possession of' - often with the meaning of 'by force', or without the consent of the former owner.
In the latter case, it is permissible to say, for example, "The banker misappropriated the customer's funds."
    • The reverse of the adjective is inappropriate - although OED records a rare, and in AWE's view mistaken, misappropriate with the same meaning.

The two homographs are differentiated in their pronunciation: the adjective meaning 'suitable' is pronounced a-PRO-pree-ut, IPA: /ə 'prəʊ prɪ ɪ(or ə)t /; the verb has a more open vowel and a slight stress on the final syllable: a-PRO-pree-ate, IPA: /ə ,prəʊ prɪ 'eɪt/.