misapply

verb mis·ap·ply \ ˌmis-ə-ˈplī \

Definition of misapply

misapplied; misapplying
1 : to apply incorrectly or improperly
  • They recognized deer, bears, and wolves and misapplied European names to buffalo and robins, but strange animals, plants, geography, and weather needed new words.
  • —Jack Weatherford
2 : to use or spend (something, such as public money) without proper authority
  • He also was convicted of misapplying government funds.
  • —Suzanne Russell

First Known Use of misapply

1571

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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misapply

transitive verb mis·ap·ply \ ˌmi-sə-ˈplī \

legal Definition of misapply

misapplied; misapplying
: to misuse or spend (as public money) without proper authority; specifically : to willfully and unlawfully convert (bank funds) for the use, benefit, or gain of oneself or a third party especially through one's position as a bank employee or officer

misapplication

\ˌmi-ˌsa-plə-ˈkā-shən\ noun


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