[ mis-di-rekt ]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to direct or address wrongly or incorrectly: to misdirect a person; to misdirect a letter.

Origin of misdirect

First recorded in 1595–1605; mis-1 + direct

Words Nearby misdirect

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How to use misdirect in a sentence

  • According to a later review by the Coast Guard, Taylor Energy was “obstinate, difficult to deal with and verbally combative,” and preferred “to employ stall tactics over cooperation with an intention to confuse, delay or misdirect” the government.

    A Massive Oil Spill Helped One Billionaire Avoid Paying Income Tax for 14 Years | by Jesse Eisinger, Paul Kiel and Jeff Ernsthausen | December 9, 2021 | ProPublica
  • My view is that the attackers saw this as an opportunity for “lulz”, and a way to misdirect everyone.

  • The main secret lies in the combination of the looks and gestures of the performer to misdirect the audience.

    Magic | Ellis Stanyon
  • The heavy hit may come off occasionally, the clumsy guard may turn the point, but why misdirect energy?

    Broad-Sword and Single-Stick | R. G. Allanson-Winn
  • Even old Hounslow at his worst can't possibly misdirect the jury, the way I've gummed their noses on the trail.

    This Freedom | A. S. M. Hutchinson

British Dictionary definitions for misdirect


/ (ˌmɪsdɪˈrɛkt) /

  1. to give (a person) wrong directions or instructions

  2. to address (a letter, parcel, etc) wrongly

Derived forms of misdirect

  • misdirection, noun

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