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misapply

mis·ap·ply

misapply

pronunciation:
mIs plaI
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: misapplied, misapplies, misapplying
definition 1: to use or apply incorrectly, wastefully, or for the wrong purpose.
She misapplied her energies in that job.
similar words:
abuse, misplace, misuse
definition 2: to handle (money or other resources) dishonestly or illegally.
derivation: misapplication (n.)