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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misappropriation UK US /ˌmɪsəˌprəʊpriˈeɪʃən/ noun [U] FORMAL FINANCE, ACCOUNTING
the act of stealing something that you have been asked to take care of, and using it for yourself: misappropriation of funds/money/assets »

He was charged with forgery and misappropriation of union assets.

Compare APPROPRIATION(Cf. appropriation)

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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

  • misappropriation — noun 1. the fraudulent appropriation of funds or property entrusted to your care but actually owned by someone else • Syn: ↑embezzlement, ↑peculation, ↑defalcation, ↑misapplication • Derivationally related forms: ↑misappropriate, ↑defalcate ( …   Useful english dictionary

  • misappropriation — noun see misappropriate …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • misappropriation — See misappropriate. * * * …   Universalium

  • misappropriation — noun The wrongful, fraudulent or corrupt use of others funds in ones care. Syn: embezzlement …   Wiktionary

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