verb (used with object), mis·placed, mis·plac·ing.

to put in a wrong place.
to put in a place afterward forgotten; lose; mislay.
to place or bestow improperly, unsuitably, or unwisely: to misplace one's trust.

Nearby words

  1. misorientate,
  2. misperceive,
  3. misperception,
  4. mispick,
  5. mispickel,
  6. misplaced,
  7. misplaced modifier,
  8. misplay,
  9. misplead,
  10. mispleading

Origin of misplace

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

Related formsmis·place·ment, noun

Synonym study

1, 2. See displace.

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verb (tr)

to put (something) in the wrong place, esp to lose (something) temporarily by forgetting where it was placed; mislay
(often passive) to bestow (trust, confidence, affection, etc) unadvisedly
Derived Formsmisplacement, noun

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Word Origin and History for misplace



1550s, "to assign a wrong position to;" see mis- (1) + place (v.). Of affections, confidence, etc., "to give to a wrong object," it is recorded from 1630s. Related: Misplaced; misplacing.

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