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misapply

[ mis-uh-plahy ]
/ ˌmɪs əˈplaɪ /
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verb (used with object), mis·ap·plied, mis·ap·ply·ing.

to make a wrong application or use of.

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Origin of misapply

First recorded in 1565–75; mis-1 + apply

OTHER WORDS FROM misapply

mis·ap·pli·ca·tion [mis-ap-li-key-shuhn], /ˌmɪs æp lɪˈkeɪ ʃən/, nounmis·ap·pli·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for misapply

misapply
/ (ˌmɪsəˈplaɪ) /

verb -plies, -plying or -plied (tr)

to apply wrongly or badly
another word for misappropriate

Derived forms of misapply

misapplication (ˌmɪsæplɪˈkeɪʃən), noun
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