misappropriate mis‧ap‧pro‧pri‧ate [ˌmɪsəˈprəʊprieɪt ǁ -ˈproʊ-] verb [transitive] LAW
to dishonestly take something, especially money, that you have been trusted to keep safe, and to use it for your own advantage:

• He was accused of misappropriating funds amounting to £4 million.

• Building materials had been misappropriated for private use.

— misappropriation noun [uncountable] :

• allegations of gross misappropriation of funds

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misappropriate UK US /ˌmɪsəˈprəʊprieɪt/ verb [T] FORMAL FINANCE, ACCOUNTING
to steal something that you have been asked to take care of, and use it for yourself: »

The court found that he had misappropriated €50,000 intended for investment on behalf of a customer.

misappropriate funds/money/property »

She lied to investors and misappropriated taxpayer funds.

See Note STEAL(Cf. ↑steal)

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • misappropriate — mis·ap·pro·pri·ate /ˌmi sə prō prē ˌāt/ vt: to appropriate wrongfully or unlawfully (as by theft or embezzlement) mis·ap·pro·pri·a·tion / ˌprō prē ā shən/ n Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • Misappropriate — Mis ap*pro pri*ate, v. t. To appropriate wrongly; to use for a wrong purpose. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • misappropriate — (v.) 1803, from MIS (Cf. mis ) (1) + APPROPRIATE (Cf. appropriate) (v.). Related: Misappropriated; misappropriating …   Etymology dictionary

  • misappropriate — [v] use wrongly; steal abuse, appropriate, defalcate, embezzle, misapply, misspend, misuse, peculate, plunder, pocket, rob, swindle; concepts 139,156,341 Ant. appropriate, use wisely …   New thesaurus

  • misappropriate — ► VERB ▪ dishonestly or unfairly take for one s own use. DERIVATIVES misappropriation noun …   English terms dictionary

  • misappropriate — [mis΄ə prō′prē āt΄] vt. misappropriated, misappropriating to appropriate to a bad, incorrect, or dishonest use misappropriation n …   English World dictionary

  • misappropriate — UK [ˌmɪsəˈprəʊprɪˌeɪt] / US [ˌmɪsəˈproʊprɪˌeɪt] verb [transitive] Word forms misappropriate : present tense I/you/we/they misappropriate he/she/it misappropriates present participle misappropriating past tense misappropriated past participle… …   English dictionary

  • misappropriate — verb Misappropriate is used with these nouns as the object: ↑fund …   Collocations dictionary

  • misappropriate funds — index embezzle Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • misappropriate intrusted funds — index embezzle Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

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