misappropriate

verb

mis·​ap·​pro·​pri·​ate ˌmi-sə-ˈprō-prē-ˌāt How to pronounce misappropriate (audio)
misappropriated; misappropriating; misappropriates

transitive verb

: to appropriate wrongly (as by theft or embezzlement)
misappropriation 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 on the Web He was accused of misappropriating state property, specifically several boulders from outside the State Police Negaunee post that were used to construct a retaining wall at his lakefront property. John Wisely, Detroit Free Press, 18 June 2024 During the sentencing hearing, Anderson said that judgment remains unpaid and some of the funds Flores misappropriated remain unaccounted for. Brittny Mejia, Los Angeles Times, 17 June 2024 The allegations of drug diversion — a term that refers to misappropriating prescribed medications, sometimes to abuse or illegally sell them — were first reported by NBC affiliate KOBI-TV in Medford in December 2023. Elizabeth Chuck, NBC News, 13 June 2024 Beginning in 2016, federal officials said Ameer misappropriated at least $38,500 from the soccer club and used the funds for personal expenses. Justin Muszynski, Hartford Courant, 29 Mar. 2024 See all Example Sentences for misappropriate 

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Word History

First Known Use

1825, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of misappropriate was in 1825

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Cite this Entry

“Misappropriate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misappropriate. Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

misappropriate

verb
mis·​ap·​pro·​pri·​ate ˌmis-ə-ˈprō-prē-ˌāt How to pronounce misappropriate (audio)
: to appropriate wrongly
especially : to take dishonestly for one's own use
misappropriation noun

Legal Definition

misappropriate

transitive verb
mis·​ap·​pro·​pri·​ate ˌmi-sə-ˈprō-prē-ˌāt How to pronounce misappropriate (audio)
: to appropriate wrongfully or unlawfully (as by theft or embezzlement)
misappropriation noun

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