misapply

  • 1 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

  • 2 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

  • 3 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

  • 4 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

  • 5 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

  • 6 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

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

    Wiktionary

  • 8 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

  • 9 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

  • 10 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

  • 11 misapply — mis|ap|ply [ ,mısə plaı ] verb transitive to use something, for example a law, theory, or money, in a way that is wrong or illegal ╾ mis|ap|pli|ca|tion [ ,mısæplı keıʃn ] noun uncount …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 12 misapply — [[t]mɪ̱səpla͟ɪ[/t]] 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… …

    English dictionary

  • 13 misapply — v. misuse, apply incorrectly, use for the wrong purposes …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 14 misapply — verb (misapplies, misapplying, misapplied) use for the wrong purpose or in the wrong way. Derivatives misapplication noun …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 15 misapply — v. a. Misemploy, abuse, pervert, make an ill use of, misuse, misimprove …

    New dictionary of synonyms

  • 16 misapply — verb (T) to use a principle, rule etc incorrectly or for a wrong purpose misapplication noun (uncountable + of): a misapplication of the law …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 misapply — v misuse, misemploy, misappropriate …

    A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • 18 misapply — mis·apply …

    English syllables

  • 19 misapply — mis•ap•ply [[t]ˌmɪs əˈplaɪ[/t]] v. t. plied, ply•ing to make a wrong application or use of • Etymology: 1565–75 mis•ap•pli•ca•tion ˌmɪs æp lɪˈkeɪ ʃən n …

    From formal English to slang

  • 20 misapply — /mɪsəˈplaɪ/ (say misuh pluy) verb (t) (misapplied, misapplying) to make a wrong application or use of. –misapplication /mɪsæpləˈkeɪʃən/ (say misapluh kayshuhn), noun …

    Australian English dictionary