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misemploy

[mis-em-ploi]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to use for the wrong purpose; use wrongly or improperly; misuse.
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Origin of misemploy

First recorded in 1600–10; mis-1 + employ
Related formsmis·em·ploy·ment, noun
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Examples from the Web for misemploy

Historical Examples

  • To turn one of his colonels into my Spanish master would be seriously to misemploy his precious time.

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    Sue Petigru Bowen