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appropriate (verb) acquire wrongfully; take something of others without their permission for one's own use.
A person appropriates others' property if they take the others' property without their permission, that is, illegally. If someone occupies a piece of land belonging to others, the occupier appropriates it. Appropriation is illegal and so is a crime. A person who borrows others' ideals and claims them to be their own appropriates them.
- As the treasury officer in charge, Carlson was in control of vast funds, and this gave him the opportunity to appropriate huge amounts of public money.
- Aaron and Jones are facing charges of appropriating large amounts of money meant for scholarships, and with the evidence available, they are sure to be convicted.