Definition of reappropriate in English:



[with object]
  • 1Employ or adapt (something) for a use different from its original purpose.

    ‘the twelve stadiums would be reappropriated for housing’
    1. 1.1 Adopt (a derogatory term) for use with a positive or neutral connotation.
      ‘they reappropriated and embraced the insult’
    2. 1.2 Reallocate (money or assets) originally devoted to a different purpose.
      ‘the council has control of the money and can reappropriate it if the need arises’
  • 2Reclaim or recover (something) for one's own use.

    ‘he did not reapproproate copyright when the revised version was published’