mis·​di·​rect ˌmis-də-ˈrekt How to pronounce misdirect (audio)
misdirected; misdirecting; misdirects

transitive verb

: to give a wrong direction to
: to direct wrongly
misdirected their energies

Examples of misdirect in a Sentence

Their mail was misdirected to our address. If he tells you he's not interested, he's trying to misdirect you.
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Word History

First Known Use

1603, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of misdirect was in 1603

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“Misdirect.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misdirect. Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


mis·​di·​rect ˌmis-də-ˈrekt How to pronounce misdirect (audio)
: to direct incorrectly

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