appropriate for (something)

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appropriate for (something)

To designate for a specific purpose. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "appropriate" and "for." When "appropriate" is used as a verb, the last syllable is pronounced "ate." How much money was appropriated for education initiatives this quarter? Please tell me that the committee has finally appropriated money for road repairs in the township. I just don't know how much time to appropriate for a report like this. Do you have any idea?
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

appropriate something for something

 
1. to allot a certain amount of money for a particular purpose. They will appropriate $10,000 for the exhibit at the fair. A large sum was appropriated for the expenses.
2. Euph. to take something [from someone else] and use it as something else or for a purpose different from what was intended. Walter appropriated a truck for an ambulance. It was necessary to appropriate your laptop for connecting to the Internet.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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