mis·​ap·​ply | \ˌmis-ə-ˈplī \
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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transitive verb
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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