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

Origin of misplace

First recorded in 1545–55; mis-1 + place
Related formsmis·place·ment, noun

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1, 2. See displace.
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verb (tr)
  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 Formsmisplacement, noun
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Word Origin and History for misplacement



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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