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[mis-uh-proh-pree-eyt] /ˌmɪs əˈproʊ priˌeɪt/
verb (used with object), misappropriated, misappropriating.
to put to a wrong use.
to apply wrongfully or dishonestly, as funds entrusted to one's care.
Origin of misappropriate
1855-60; mis-1 + appropriate
Related forms
misappropriation, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for misappropriation
  • Echoing a theme of beneficiaries, the misappropriation and theft of food has resulted in a loss of food relief.
  • They soon determined there was no reason to suspect misappropriation or fraud.
  • The report alleged widespread misappropriation of aid and the use of forced labour by the army in the delta.
  • It included the misappropriation of technologies necessary to produce such products as antibiotics, amino acids, and vitamins.
  • However, these measures may not be adequate to prevent or deter infringement or other misappropriation.
  • At the core of these problems is bribery of public officials, and officials' extortion and misappropriation of funds.
  • In the course of his job, he discovered instances of bribery and corruption, including misappropriation of weapons.
  • If he's serious about the misappropriation of funds for education, he should certainly include her as a culprit.
  • When ownership and misappropriation disputes arise, the precise nature of trade secrets takes center stage.
British Dictionary definitions for misappropriation


(transitive) to appropriate for a wrong or dishonest use; embezzle or steal
Derived Forms
misappropriation, noun
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Word Origin and History for misappropriation

1746; from mis- (1) + appropriation.



1803, from mis- (1) + appropriate (v.). Related: Misappropriated; misappropriating.

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