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misappropriate

verb
     
Related topics: Crime
mis‧ap‧pro‧pri‧ate [transitive]
formalSCC to dishonestly take something that someone has trusted you with, especially money or goods that belong to your employer [= embezzle]:
He claimed the finance manager had misappropriated company funds.
misappropriation noun [uncountable]
the misappropriation of public funds

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