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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
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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


(transitive) to appropriate for a wrong or dishonest use; embezzle or steal
Derived Forms
misappropriation, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for misappropriate

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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