Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

  

English definition of “misappropriate”

misappropriate

verb [T]     /ˌmɪs.əˈprəʊ.pri.eɪt/ US  /-ˈproʊ-/ formal
to steal something that you have been trusted to take care of and use it for your own good: He is accused of misappropriating $30,000 to pay off gambling debts.Stealing misappropriation     /ˌmɪs.əˌprəʊ.priˈeɪ.ʃən/ US  /-ˌproʊ-/ noun [U] He was charged with embezzlement and misappropriation of union funds.Stealing
(Definition of misappropriate verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of misappropriate

Definitions of “misappropriate” in other dictionaries

Translations of “misappropriate”

Word of the Day

cruise

a journey on a large ship for pleasure, during which you visit several places

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More