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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Related Words for misapply

embezzle, misappropriate, pervert, steal, defalcate, misemploy

Examples from the Web for misapply

Contemporary Examples of misapply

Historical Examples of misapply

  • Muhammadans generally misunderstand and misapply the doctrine of "Qismat" or Fate.

    Notes on Islam

    Ahmed Hussain

  • Misapply their lessons and you grope in the dark and stumble at every step.

    A short history of Rhode Island

    George Washington Greene

  • I add this so distinctly, lest any should misapply Mr. Rich.

    A Christian Directory

    Baxter Richard

  • I call myself a solitary, but sometimes I think 68I misapply the term.

    The Book-lover

    James Baldwin

  • I call myself a solitary, but sometimes I think I misapply the term.

British Dictionary definitions for misapply


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

to apply wrongly or badly
another word for misappropriate
Derived Formsmisapplication (ˌmɪsæplɪˈkeɪʃən), noun
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