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[Late Latin appropriare to take possession of, from ad to, for + proprius one's own]
1 : to set apart for or assign to a particular recipient, purpose, or use [the legislature appropriating funds for the program]
2 : to take or make use of without authority or right
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.