1. The act of setting apart or assigning to a particular use or person, or of taking to one's self, in exclusion
of all others; application to a special use or purpose, as of a piece of ground for a park, or of money to
carry out some object.
2. Anything, especially money, thus set apart.
The Commons watched carefully over the appropriation.
3. (Law) (a) The severing or sequestering of a benefice to the perpetual use of a spiritual corporation.
Blackstone. (b) The application of payment of money by a debtor to his creditor, to one of several debts
which are due from the former to the latter. Chitty.
(Ap*pro"pri*a*tive) a. Appropriating; making, or tending to, appropriation; as, an appropriative
act. Ap*pro"pri*a*tive*ness, n.
1. One who appropriates.
2. (Law) A spiritual corporation possessed of an appropriated benefice; also, an impropriator.
(Ap*prov"a*ble) a. Worthy of being approved; meritorious. Ap*prov"a*ble*ness, n.
(Ap*prov"al) n. Approbation; sanction.
A censor . . . without whose approval n capital sentences are to be executed.
Syn. See Approbation.
(Ap*prov"ance) n. Approval. [Archaic] Thomson.
(Ap*prove") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Approved ; p. pr. & vb. n. Approving.] [OE. aproven, appreven,
to prove, OF. aprover, F. approuver, to approve, fr. L. approbare; ad + probare to esteem as good,
approve, prove. See Prove, and cf. Approbate.]
1. To show to be real or true; to prove. [Obs.]
Wouldst thou approve thy constancy? Approve
First thy obedience.
2. To make proof of; to demonstrate; to prove or show practically.
Opportunities to approve . . . worth.
He had approved himself a great warrior.
'T is an old lesson; Time approves it true.
His account . . . approves him a man of thought.
3. To sanction officially; to ratify; to confirm; as, to approve the decision of a court-martial.
4. To regard as good; to commend; to be pleased with; to think well of; as, we approve the measured of
5. To make or show to be worthy of approbation or acceptance.
The first care and concern must be to approve himself to God.