misappropriate


mis·ap·pro·pri·ate

transitive verb \ˌmi-sə-ˈprō-prē-ˌāt\

: to take (something, such as money) dishonestly for your own use : to appropriate (something) wrongly

Full Definition of MISAPPROPRIATE

:  to appropriate wrongly (as by theft or embezzlement)
mis·ap·pro·pri·a·tion \-ˌprō-prē-ˈā-shən\ noun

Examples of MISAPPROPRIATE

  1. They accused him of misappropriating town funds.
  2. <a financial manager misappropriating funds from her clients' accounts>

First Known Use of MISAPPROPRIATE

1825

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