misapplies, misapplying, misapplied
VERB: usu passive
If something is misapplied, it is used for a purpose for which it is not intended or not suitable.

[be V-ed] Many lines from Shakespeare's plays are misquoted and misapplied...

[be V-ed] The law had been misapplied.


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  • Misapply — Mis ap*ply , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Misapplied}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Misapplying}.] To apply wrongly; to use for a wrong purpose; as, to misapply a name or title; to misapply public money. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • misapply — [mis΄ə plī′] vt. misapplied, misapplying 1. to use badly, incorrectly, or wastefully [to misapply one s energies] 2. to handle dishonestly or illegally [to misapply an employer s money] misapplication [mis΄ap li kā′shən] n …   English World dictionary

  • misapply — mis·ap·ply /ˌmi sə plī/ vt plied, ply·ing: to misuse or spend (as public money) without proper authority; specif: to willfully and unlawfully convert (bank funds) for the use, benefit, or gain of oneself or a third party esp. through one s… …   Law dictionary

  • misapply — UK US /ˌmɪsəˈplaɪ/ verb [T] 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? …   Financial and business terms

  • misapply — UK [ˌmɪsəˈplaɪ] / US verb [transitive] Word forms misapply : present tense I/you/we/they misapply he/she/it misapplies present participle misapplying past tense misapplied past participle misapplied to use something, for example a law, theory, or …   English dictionary

  • misapply funds — index defalcate Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • misapply — misapplication /mis ap li kay sheuhn/, n. misapplier, n. /mis euh pluy /, v.t., misapplied, misapplying. to make a wrong application or use of. [1565 75; MIS 1 + APPLY] * * * …   Universalium

  • misapply — verb To apply incorrectly; to misuse …   Wiktionary

  • misapply — Synonyms and related words: abuse, argue insincerely, befoul, contort, convert, debase, defalcate, defile, desecrate, distort, divert, do amiss, embezzle, foul, garble, get one wrong, get wrong, gloss, maladminister, misapprehend, misappropriate …   Moby Thesaurus

  • misapply — I (Roget s IV) v. Syn. misdirect, waste, distort; see misunderstand . II (Roget s Thesaurus II) verb To use wrongly and improperly: abuse, misappropriate, mishandle, misuse, pervert. See TREAT WELL …   English dictionary for students

  • misapply — mis|ap|ply [ˌmısəˈplaı] v past tense and past participle misapplied present participle misapplying third person singular misapplies [T usually passive] to use something incorrectly or for a wrong purpose ▪ In your case the rules have been… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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