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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 misappropriate
  • Breaking news goes from being unknown to widely known so quickly that there is no longer any chance to misappropriate its value.
  • Favorable slight of hands are quite useful to misappropriate from the unwilling and willing alike.
  • They either misappropriate money themselves or receive pay-offs by powerful interests to ignore or distort the law.
  • Moreover, government officials may take bribes and kickbacks or even misappropriate funds to their own accounts.
  • Poor accounting controls provide the opportunity for someone to misappropriate cash receipts without the risk of detection.
  • The employer believed that the claimant was attempting to misappropriate its property, and discharged the claimant.
British Dictionary definitions for misappropriate


(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 misappropriate

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

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