verb (used with object), mis·ap·plied, mis·ap·ply·ing.

to make a wrong application or use of.

Origin of misapply

First recorded in 1565–75; mis-1 + apply
Related formsmis·ap·pli·ca·tion [mis-ap-li-key-shuh n] /ˌmɪs æp lɪˈkeɪ ʃən/, nounmis·ap·pli·er, noun
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verb -plies, -plying or -plied (tr)

to apply wrongly or badly
another word for misappropriate
Derived Formsmisapplication (ˌmɪsæplɪˈkeɪʃən), noun
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Word Origin and History for misapplication

c.1600, from mis- (1) + application.

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