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

Definition of misappropriate

transitive verb

: to appropriate wrongly (as by theft or embezzlement)

Other Words from misappropriate

misappropriation \ ˌmi-​sə-​ˌprō-​prē-​ˈā-​shən How to pronounce misappropriate (audio) \ noun

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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 One of the indictments alleges the ex-banker conspired to misappropriate to Murdaugh $309,581.46 in funds Laffitte held in trust as conservator for Hakeem L. Pinckney and his estate at Palmetto State Bank. Danielle Wallace, Fox News, 5 May 2022 Realizing this, Aram hacks into the GreyLock system and destroys the main source code, ensuring that no one will ever misappropriate his work again. Laura Sirikul, EW.com, 23 Apr. 2022 An investigation revealed that McNabney had allowed his Chief Operating Officer, who was his wife Elisa, to misappropriate money from the firm’s client trust account. Joseph Rhee, ABC News, 1 Apr. 2022 Jason Schrock, a co-creator of the now-defunct A3 charter school network, pleaded guilty in February to one count of conspiracy to misappropriate public funds and one count of conflict of interest. Lyndsay Winkley, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Sep. 2021 Walsh is not the only GOP lawmaker to misappropriate the Star of David. Chelsey Cox, USA TODAY, 1 July 2021 The assistant might then interpret the request as a demand to misappropriate a dose, Vian explained. Laura J. Nelson, oregonlive, 18 Dec. 2020 Google makes several voluntary commitments, including a promise not to misappropriate content from rivals’ websites. Brent Kendall And Valentina Pop, WSJ, 20 Oct. 2020 His resignation came a week after federal agents indicted 17 people in Rio de Janeiro, including a former state lawmaker, for alleged involvement in a scheme to misappropriate funds meant to be spent on medical equipment. CNN, 8 July 2020 See More

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First Known Use of misappropriate

1825, in the meaning defined above

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12 May 2022

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“Misappropriate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misappropriate. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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transitive verb
mis·​ap·​pro·​pri·​ate | \ ˌmi-sə-ˈprō-prē-ˌāt How to pronounce misappropriate (audio) \

Legal Definition of misappropriate

: to appropriate wrongfully or unlawfully (as by theft or embezzlement)

Other Words from misappropriate

misappropriation \ -​ˌprō-​prē-​ˈā-​shən How to pronounce misappropriate (audio) \ noun

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