- to put in a wrong place.
- to put in a place afterward forgotten; lose; mislay.
- to place or bestow improperly, unsuitably, or unwisely: to misplace one's trust.
Origin of misplace
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1, 2. See displace.
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Examples from the Web for misplaced
Other major news outlets made the same decision, hiding behind a misplaced sense of multicultural sensitivity.Why We Stand With Charlie Hebdo—And You Should Too
January 8, 2015
Certainly the speech suggests that American hopes of persuading Turkey to come fully on board are misplaced.Turkish President Declares Lawrence of Arabia a Bigger Enemy than ISIS
October 13, 2014
In fact, the only shade of reaction besides enthusiasm Carter and Knight got to the project was some misplaced confusion.'Nick & Knight': Nick Carter and Jordan Knight Are Your New Boy Band Power Couple
September 4, 2014
The right is making a false equivalency that is misplaced.Valerie Plame: Kabul CIA Station Chief’s Outing Was ‘Colossally Stupid’
May 29, 2014
The hysteria surrounding these deaths, Sarah believes, is misplaced.Molly: The Dangerous Drug That’s Too Good to Quit
September 8, 2013
With a man of that sort scrupulousness was a misplaced and even an illegal sentiment.The Secret Agent
I am happy to believe that my confidence in that great nation was not misplaced.Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
They are misplaced between us,' returned the other, waving his hand, 'and say plainly what we have to say.Barnaby Rudge
We are tired of wings that are really nothing but horns, misshaped and misplaced.The Book of Khalid
The "a" was misplaced, the "W" minus its lower right-hand corner.The Film of Fear
- to put (something) in the wrong place, esp to lose (something) temporarily by forgetting where it was placed; mislay
- (often passive) to bestow (trust, confidence, affection, etc) unadvisedly
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Word Origin and History for misplaced
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