misemploy

[ mis-em-ploi ]
/ ˌmɪs ɛmˈplɔɪ /

verb (used with object)

to use for the wrong purpose; use wrongly or improperly; misuse.

Origin of misemploy

First recorded in 1600–10; mis-1 + employ

OTHER WORDS FROM misemploy

mis·em·ploy·ment, noun
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Examples from the Web for misemploy

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

    The Actress in High Life|Sue Petigru Bowen