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English definition of “misapply”

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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