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misplace

[mis-pleys] /mɪsˈpleɪs/
verb (used with object), misplaced, misplacing.
1.
to put in a wrong place.
2.
to put in a place afterward forgotten; lose; mislay.
3.
to place or bestow improperly, unsuitably, or unwisely:
to misplace one's trust.
Origin of misplace
1545-1555
First recorded in 1545-55; mis-1 + place
Related forms
misplacement, noun
Synonyms
3. misapply.
Synonym Study
1, 2. See displace.
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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

misplace

/ˌmɪsˈpleɪs/
verb (transitive)
1.
to put (something) in the wrong place, esp to lose (something) temporarily by forgetting where it was placed; mislay
2.
(often passive) to bestow (trust, confidence, affection, etc) unadvisedly
Derived Forms
misplacement, noun
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Word Origin and History for misplaced

misplace

v.

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.

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