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)

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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 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 The idea that anyone misappropriates it to make coronavirus seem like an Asian plot is terrible. Los Angeles Times, 7 May 2020 Genius did another round of analysis and estimates 40 percent of lyrics from new music displayed in the information box were misappropriated from its site. Ashley Cullins, Billboard, 3 Dec. 2019 And there is controversy over Nashville’s signature dish, hot chicken, an African-American creation that many feel has been misappropriated and widely marketed by white people. Richard Fausset, New York Times, 4 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of misappropriate

1825, in the meaning defined above

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“Misappropriate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misappropriate. Accessed 29 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of misappropriate

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


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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