misdirect

[mis-di-rekt]

verb (used with object)

to direct or address wrongly or incorrectly: to misdirect a person; to misdirect a letter.

Nearby words

  1. misderive,
  2. misdescribe,
  3. misdiagnose,
  4. misdiagnosis,
  5. misdial,
  6. misdirection,
  7. misdivision,
  8. misdo,
  9. misdoubt,
  10. mise

Origin of misdirect

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

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British Dictionary definitions for misdirect

misdirect

verb (tr)

to give (a person) wrong directions or instructions
to address (a letter, parcel, etc) wrongly
Derived Formsmisdirection, noun

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Word Origin and History for misdirect

misdirect

v.

c.1600, "give wrong directions to;" see mis- (1) + direct (v.). Related: Misdirected; misdirecting.

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