One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Employ or adapt (something) for a use different from its original purpose.‘the twelve stadiums would be reappropriated for housing’
- 1.1 Adopt (a derogatory term) for use with a positive or neutral connotation.‘they reappropriated and embraced the insult’
- 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’
- 1.1 Adopt (a derogatory term) for use with a positive or neutral connotation.
2Reclaim or recover (something) for one's own use.‘he did not reapproproate copyright when the revised version was published’
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