misapply

[ mis-uh-plahy ]
/ ˌmɪs əˈplaɪ /

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

to make a wrong application or use of.

Nearby words

  1. misanthropic,
  2. misanthropist,
  3. misanthropy,
  4. misapplication,
  5. misapplied,
  6. misapprehend,
  7. misapprehension,
  8. misappropriate,
  9. misappropriation,
  10. misarrange

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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British Dictionary definitions for misapplication

misapply

/ (ˌmɪsəˈplaɪ) /

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

misapplication

n.

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

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