misappropriate

[ mis-uh-proh-pree-eyt ]
/ ˌmɪs əˈproʊ priˌeɪt /

verb (used with object), mis·ap·pro·pri·at·ed, mis·ap·pro·pri·at·ing.

to put to a wrong use.
to apply wrongfully or dishonestly, as funds entrusted to one's care.

Origin of misappropriate

First recorded in 1855–60; mis-1 + appropriate
Related formsmis·ap·pro·pri·a·tion, noun
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misappropriate

/ (ˌmɪsəˈprəʊprɪˌeɪt) /

verb

(tr) to appropriate for a wrong or dishonest use; embezzle or steal
Derived Formsmisappropriation, noun
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Word Origin and History for misappropriate

misappropriate


v.

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

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