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[ mis-pleys ]

verb (used with object)

, mis·placed, mis·plac·ing.
  1. to put in a wrong place.
  2. to put in a place afterward forgotten; lose; mislay.
  3. to place or bestow improperly, unsuitably, or unwisely:

    to misplace one's trust.

    Synonyms: misapply


/ ˌmɪsˈpleɪs /


  1. to put (something) in the wrong place, esp to lose (something) temporarily by forgetting where it was placed; mislay
  2. often passive to bestow (trust, confidence, affection, etc) unadvisedly
“Collins English Dictionary — Complete & Unabridged” 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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Derived Forms

  • ˌmisˈplacement, noun
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Other Words From

  • mis·placement noun
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Word History and Origins

Origin of misplace1

First recorded in 1545–55; mis- 1 + place
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Example Sentences

Still, I unearthed a favorite postcard that had somehow been misplaced.

We’ve been deadnamed and misgendered, and misplaced in dangerous carceral spaces.

All you have to do is attach it to any item you never want to lose, and you can easily track it with the accompanying product should it get misplaced.

Tan weaves that original footage with contemporary reflections and interviews, in a meditation on youthful ambition, creative dreams and misplaced trust.

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Stacks of ballots were not being recounted as they were moved and handled, as would otherwise be standard to ensure none are lost or misplaced.

She does not misplace her embellishments with the error of some human artists.

I was so afraid I'd forget and flop down on them, or misplace something, that I came in here to read awhile.

From ignorance we may misplace animals, and include them under the wrong division.

She thought it cleverer to withhold trust from everybody, lest she misplace it in somebody.

But if we blew it up now, Slade will put the blame on us—— Tell you what—I'll just misplace the key.


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mispickelmisplaced modifier