[ mis-uh-proh-pree-eyt ]
/ ˌmɪs əˈproʊ priˌeɪt /
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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.
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Origin of misappropriate
First recorded in 1855–60; mis-1 + appropriate
OTHER WORDS FROM misappropriatemis·ap·pro·pri·a·tion [mis-uh-proh-pree-ey-shuhn] /ˌmɪs əˌproʊ priˈeɪ ʃən/ noun
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How to use misappropriate in a sentence
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|Mike Giglio|November 10, 2012|DAILY BEAST
He claimed that she had misappropriated hundreds of thousands of dollars.Steven Seagal Under Siege|John Connolly|April 18, 2010|DAILY BEAST
It is notorious that that State possesses no funds available for payments except the gold derived from the misappropriated mines.Origin of the Anglo-Boer War Revealed (2nd ed.)|C. H. Thomas
There are many within the walls who have never misappropriated a cent.After Prison - What?|Maud Ballington Booth
He made out and signed his personal note, payable to the Akrae Company, for every cent he had misappropriated.Cap'n Warren's Wards|Joseph C. Lincoln
Before the rightful owner can recover 163 misappropriated goods, he has to find out where they are.
Orson had bewildered them further by a sort of cockneyism of misappropriated letters.In a Little Town|Rupert Hughes
British Dictionary definitions for misappropriate
/ (ˌmɪsəˈprəʊprɪˌeɪt) /
(tr) to appropriate for a wrong or dishonest use; embezzle or steal
Derived forms of misappropriatemisappropriation, noun
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