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misappropriate

[mis-uh-proh-pree-eyt] /ˌmɪs əˈproʊ priˌeɪt/
verb (used with object), misappropriated, misappropriating.
1.
to put to a wrong use.
2.
to apply wrongfully or dishonestly, as funds entrusted to one's care.
Origin of misappropriate
1855-1860
1855-60; mis-1 + appropriate
Related forms
misappropriation, noun
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Examples from the Web for misappropriate
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  • It is unconscionable that Khalid should misappropriate Party funds.

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
  • He was still firm in his refusal to misappropriate those heirlooms.

    Zuleika Dobson Max Beerbohm
  • Am I willing to be a thief and misappropriate their physical, mental and moral heritage?

    Facts And Fictions Of Life Helen H. Gardener
  • In one case, an absolutely different title, a misappropriate title, was substituted.

    Martin Eden Jack London
  • I asked her if it would not be very easy for him to misappropriate a scudo now and then.

    The Story of My Life, volumes 4-6 Augustus J. C. Hare
  • Those who collect taxes without being duly authorized by Government, or misappropriate public funds.

    The Philippine Islands John Foreman
  • He is seeking to misappropriate to himself the good that your own physicians have accomplished.

    The Treasure of the Tigris A. F. Mockler Ferryman
British Dictionary definitions for misappropriate

misappropriate

/ˌmɪsəˈprəʊprɪˌeɪt/
verb
1.
(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
v.

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

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