Definition of misappropriate
: to appropriate wrongly (as by theft or embezzlement)
misappropriationplay \-ˌprō-prē-ˈā-shən\ noun
Examples of misappropriate in a Sentence
They accused him of misappropriating town funds.
a financial manager misappropriating funds from her clients' accounts
Recent Examples of misappropriate from the Web
While finding that a number of facts remain in dispute, Bledsoe dismissed Hopkins’ defamation claims and Michael Waltrip Racing’s counterclaims accusing Hopkins of stealing pit crew tools and misappropriating trade secrets about one of the tools.
The complaint follows a separate suit filed earlier this year in which Intel alleged that Broadcom misappropriated its trade secrets by hiring former Intel employees.
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Definition of misappropriate for English Language Learners
: to take (something, such as money) dishonestly for your own use : to appropriate (something) wrongly
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