mis·​ap·​ply | \ ˌmis-ə-ˈplī How to pronounce misapply (audio) \
misapplied; misapplying

Definition of misapply

transitive verb

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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misapply. Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of misapply

: to use (something) incorrectly or in a way that was not intended
mis·​ap·​ply | \ ˌmi-sə-ˈplī \
misapplied; misapplying

Legal Definition of misapply

: 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

Other Words from misapply

misapplication \ ˌmi-​ˌsa-​plə-​ˈkā-​shən \ noun

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