misappropriate

verb
mis·ap·pro·pri·ate | \ˌmi-sə-ˈprō-prē-ˌāt \
misappropriated; misappropriating; misappropriates

Definition of misappropriate 

transitive verb

: to appropriate wrongly (as by theft or embezzlement)

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Other Words from misappropriate

misappropriation \-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

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Authorities have claimed Eisemann misappropriated $979,000 in public tuition funds the school received. Fox News, "Rabbi accused of stealing school money pleads not guilty," 25 May 2018 He was booked at 6:34 p.m. Farmer, 48, pleaded guilty in 2013 to charges of government corruption and served a 27-month sentence for misappropriating governments resources for spending on himself, his family and his friends. Fletcher Page, The Courier-Journal, "Former Kentucky basketball player Richie Farmer arrested on DUI charges," 22 Mar. 2018 Denise Ezekiel, the director of payroll, has been charged with larceny for allegedly misappropriating more than $23,000 relating to travel and reimbursement funds, said Meghan Kelly, spokeswoman for Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan. Matt Rocheleau, BostonGlobe.com, "State Police payroll head charged with allegedly stealing from the agency," 18 Apr. 2018 Last April, Bagby filed a civil lawsuit against Becker, alleging Becker stole from the company, committed fraud and misappropriated company trade secrets. Christina Tkacik, baltimoresun.com, "Chris Becker, Baltimore chef and former Bagby Restaurant Group CEO, dies," 27 June 2018 This is true; less than two years ago, the ITC determined that Fitbit did not misappropriate Jawbone trade secrets. Lauren Goode, WIRED, "Indictment of Ex-Fitbit Employees Marks a Bigger Legal Shift," 23 June 2018 With these and other examples in mind, the 76ers could have argued that Colangelo misappropriated trade secrets. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "Could Bryan Colangelo Still Face Legal Consequences After Parting Ways With 76ers?," 7 June 2018 Hawkins got into trouble with the Bar after mishandling a case and ended up pleading no contest to misappropriating money from a client’s account. Lauren Ritchie, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Lake County owes Virgil Hawkins recognition and a thank you for role in civil rights struggle," 12 July 2018 The lawsuit, filed at Los Angeles County Superior Court, accuses Sativa of failing to provide quality drinking water, misappropriating taxpayer dollars and causing a financial burden on its low-income customers in Compton and Willowbrook. Angel Jennings, latimes.com, "Customers sue embattled Compton water district over discolored water," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of misappropriate

1825, in the meaning defined above

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misappropriate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of misappropriate

: to take (something, such as money) dishonestly for your own use : to appropriate (something) wrongly

misappropriate

transitive verb
mis·ap·pro·pri·ate | \ˌmi-sə-ˈprō-prē-ˌāt \

Legal Definition of misappropriate 

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

Other Words from misappropriate

misappropriation \-ˌprō-prē-ˈā-shən \ noun

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