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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.

  1. to place or bestow improperly, unsuitably, or unwisely: to misplace one's trust.

Origin of misplace

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

synonym study For misplace

1, 2. See displace.

Other words for misplace

Other words from misplace

  • mis·place·ment, noun

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How to use misplace in a sentence

  • The second issue is strategic, a misplacement of national security.

  • My trouble was misplacement of the womb, also womb was lacerated, and had inflammation of the ovaries.

  • A slight operation was necessary at once to re-arrange an internal misplacement, and this relieved the agonising pain.

    The Story of My Life, volumes 4-6 | Augustus J. C. Hare
  • Embezzlements are very widespread, abuse of authority, misuse or misplacement of funds.

    After the Rain | Sam Vaknin
  • They have challenged the autocratic method, but they have done it very crudely and with a weird misplacement of emphasis.

    The I.W.W. | Paul Frederick Brissenden
  • He was himself ignorant of any difference in the bank-notes and also of the misplacement of the Pandect volumes.

    Ursula | Honore de Balzac

British Dictionary definitions for misplace


/ (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

Derived forms of misplace

  • misplacement, noun

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