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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
1855-1860
1855-60; mis-1 + appropriate
Related forms
misappropriation, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for misappropriations

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 misappropriations

misappropriate

v.

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

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