- to put to a wrong use.
- to apply wrongfully or dishonestly, as funds entrusted to one's care.
Origin of misappropriate
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Examples from the Web for misappropriated
The SNC has also been plagued by infighting, as well as accusations that it has misappropriated much of the money it has received.Post Election, Obama Gambles on Syrian Rebels
November 10, 2012
He claimed that she had misappropriated hundreds of thousands of dollars.Steven Seagal Under Siege
April 18, 2010
N'susa, one of the boys of my caravan, misappropriated some cowries.The Upward Path
The "Red King" misappropriated their revenues in many cases.
Perhaps nothing on earth is so misappropriated as smiles and tears.By the Light of the Soul
Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Not only has it been wasteful and inefficient, but it has misappropriated the funds.The People of the Abyss
Then the others came forward and paid up, each what he had misappropriated from the public fund.
- (tr) to appropriate for a wrong or dishonest use; embezzle or steal
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Word Origin and History for misappropriated
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