Meaning of “misappropriate” in the English Dictionary

"misappropriate" in British English

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misappropriateverb [ T ]

uk /ˌmɪs.əˈprəʊ.pri.eɪt/ us /ˌmɪs.əˈproʊ.pri.eɪt/ formal
misappropriation
noun [ U ] uk /ˌmɪs.əˌprəʊ.priˈeɪ.ʃən/ us /ˌmɪs.əˌproʊ.priˈeɪ.ʃən/

He was charged with embezzlement and misappropriation of union funds.

(Definition of “misappropriate” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"misappropriate" in American English

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misappropriateverb [ T ]

us /ˌmɪs·əˈproʊ·priˌeɪt/

to steal something that you have been trusted to manage and use it for your own benefit:

He misappropriated $30,000 to pay for personal travel.

(Definition of “misappropriate” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"misappropriate" in Business English

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misappropriateverb [ T ]

uk /ˌmɪsəˈprəʊprieɪt/ us 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.

(Definition of “misappropriate” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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