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.

Nearby words

  1. misapplication,
  2. misapplied,
  3. misapply,
  4. misapprehend,
  5. misapprehension,
  6. misappropriation,
  7. misarrange,
  8. misattribution,
  9. misbecome,
  10. misbefall

Origin of misappropriate

First recorded in 1855–60; mis-1 + appropriate

Related formsmis·ap·pro·pri·a·tion, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for misappropriation

misappropriate

/ (ˌmɪsəˈprəʊprɪˌeɪt) /

verb

(tr) to appropriate for a wrong or dishonest use; embezzle or steal
Derived Formsmisappropriation, noun

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