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[mis-pleys] /mɪsˈpleɪs/
verb (used with object), misplaced, misplacing.
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
First recorded in 1545-55; mis-1 + place
Related forms
misplacement, noun
3. misapply.
Synonym Study
1, 2. See displace. Unabridged
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  • With a man of that sort scrupulousness was a misplaced and even an illegal sentiment.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • I am happy to believe that my confidence in that great nation was not misplaced.

  • They are misplaced between us,' returned the other, waving his hand, 'and say plainly what we have to say.

    Barnaby Rudge Charles Dickens
  • We are tired of wings that are really nothing but horns, misshaped and misplaced.

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
  • The "a" was misplaced, the "W" minus its lower right-hand corner.

    The Film of Fear Arnold Fredericks
British Dictionary definitions for misplaced


verb (transitive)
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
Derived Forms
misplacement, noun
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Word Origin and History for misplaced



1550s, "to assign a wrong position to;" see mis- (1) + place (v.). Of affections, confidence, etc., "to give to a wrong object," it is recorded from 1630s. Related: Misplaced; misplacing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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