[ mis-em-ploi ]
/ ˌmɪs ɛmˈplɔɪ /

verb (used with object)

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

Nearby words

  1. mise en scene,
  2. mise en scène,
  3. misease,
  4. miseducate,
  5. miseducation,
  6. miseno,
  7. misenus,
  8. miser,
  9. miser, the,
  10. miserabilism

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

  • 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