reappropriate

verb re·ap·pro·pri·ate \ (ˌ)rē-ə-ˈprō-prē-ˌāt \
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

Definition of reappropriate

reappropriated; reappropriating; reappropriates
: to appropriate (something) again: such as
a : to allocate or assign (something) in a new or different way
  • reappropriate funds previously allocated for maintenance
b : to take back or reclaim (something) for one's own purposes
  • trying to reappropriate a disparaging term

First Known Use of reappropriate

1828

in the meaning defined above

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