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

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  • misappropriate — mis·ap·pro·pri·ate /ˌmi sə prō prē ˌāt/ vt: to appropriate wrongfully or unlawfully (as by theft or embezzlement) mis·ap·pro·pri·a·tion / ˌprō prē ā shən/ n Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • misappropriate — mis‧ap‧pro‧pri‧ate [ˌmɪsəˈprəʊprieɪt ǁ ˈproʊ ] verb [transitive] LAW to dishonestly take something, especially money, that you have been trusted to keep safe, and to use it for your own advantage: • He was accused of misappropriating funds… …   Financial and business terms

  • Misappropriate — Mis ap*pro pri*ate, v. t. To appropriate wrongly; to use for a wrong purpose. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • misappropriate — [v] use wrongly; steal abuse, appropriate, defalcate, embezzle, misapply, misspend, misuse, peculate, plunder, pocket, rob, swindle; concepts 139,156,341 Ant. appropriate, use wisely …   New thesaurus

  • misappropriate — ► VERB ▪ dishonestly or unfairly take for one s own use. DERIVATIVES misappropriation noun …   English terms dictionary

  • misappropriate — [mis΄ə prō′prē āt΄] vt. misappropriated, misappropriating to appropriate to a bad, incorrect, or dishonest use misappropriation n …   English World dictionary

  • misappropriate — UK [ˌmɪsəˈprəʊprɪˌeɪt] / US [ˌmɪsəˈproʊprɪˌeɪt] verb [transitive] Word forms misappropriate : present tense I/you/we/they misappropriate he/she/it misappropriates present participle misappropriating past tense misappropriated past participle… …   English dictionary

  • misappropriate — verb Misappropriate is used with these nouns as the object: ↑fund …   Collocations dictionary

  • misappropriate — transitive verb Date: 1825 to appropriate wrongly (as by theft or embezzlement) • misappropriation noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • misappropriate — misappropriation, n. /mis euh proh pree ayt /, v.t., misappropriated, misappropriating. 1. to put to a wrong use. 2. to apply wrongfully or dishonestly, as funds entrusted to one s care. [1855 60; MIS 1 + APPROPRIATE] * * * …   Universalium

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