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English definition of “misapply”


verb [T]     /ˌmɪsəˈplaɪ/ formal
to use something in a way that is wrong or illegal : The trader pleaded guilty to misapplying millions of dollars and falsifying records . Did the department intentionally misapply the accounting rules ?
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