(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
adj. proper, fit, timely, suitable. See agreement. — v. t. take, seize, confiscate; allot, assign. See stealing, acquisition, apportionment.Ant., inappropriate, unfitting, bequeath.
(Roget's IV) modif.
Syn. proper, suitable, suited, fitting; see fit 1 , 2 , relevant .
See Synonym Study at fit . v.
1. [To seize]
Syn. secure, usurp, take possession of; see seize 2 .
2. [To provide money]
Syn. set aside, set apart, allocate, assign (to a particular use), reserve, apportion, devote, appoint, allow, allow for, disburse, budget, allot, earmark.
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus)
take, confiscate, seize, steal, expropriate, impound, claim, assume, commandeer, *pirate, pilfer, pocket.
proper, fitting, suitable, correct, apt, befitting, becoming, seemly, right, apropos, *politically correct.
ANT.: inappropriate, improper, incorrect
(Roget's Thesaurus II) I adjective 1. Suitable for a particular person, condition, occasion, or place: apt, becoming, befitting, correct, felicitous, fit1, fitting, happy, meet2, proper, right, tailor-made. See RIGHT. 2. Suited to one's end or purpose: befitting, convenient, expedient, fit1, good, meet2, proper, suitable, tailor-made, useful. See AGREE, GOOD. 3. Consistent with prevailing or accepted standards or circumstances: deserved, due, fit1, fitting, just, merited, proper, right, rightful, suitable. See RIGHT. II verb 1. To set aside or apart for a specified purpose: allocate, assign, designate, earmark. See COLLECT, MONEY. 2. To lay claim to for oneself or as one's right: arrogate, assume, commandeer, preempt, seize, take, usurp. See GIVE.

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