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impropriate (third-person singular simple present impropriates, present participle impropriating, simple past and past participle impropriated)

  1. (transitive, obsolete) To appropriate for private use.
    • Francis Bacon
      And for the Pardon of the rest, that had stood against the King; the King, upon a second advice, thought it not fit it should pass by Parliament, the better (being matter of Grace) to impropriate the Thanks to himself […]
  2. (transitive) In ecclesiastical law, to place (ecclesiastical property) under control or management of a layperson.

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impropriate (not comparable)

  1. Of ecclesiastical property: placed under the control or management of a layperson.