Definition of misdirect
1 : to give a wrong direction to
2 : 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.
Recent Examples of misdirect from the Web
Jansen's quibbles aren’t unfair, but his anger, while understandable, is misdirected.
Linda Van Horn, a professor and nutritional epidemiologist at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine, suggests that consumer concern about sodium nitrite might be misdirected.
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There were those who felt rumors of the Lakers’ concerns about Ball were simply smokescreens determined to misdirect other teams from the truth — that the Lakers were still most interested in Ball.
I'm reminded of a time when I was intentionally misdirected — on a story with much lower stakes.
But the fact that these films have some high ambition doesn't negate that the ambition is largely misplaced, or at least misdirected.
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In February, The New York Times reported that the Trump administration planned to continue work on an Obama-era program that charged the Pentagon with developing hacking tools to disable or misdirect launched North Korean missiles.
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First Known Use of misdirect
MISDIRECT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of misdirect for English Language Learners
: to use or direct (something) in a way that is not correct or appropriate
: to send (someone or something) to the wrong place
: to give (someone) incorrect information
MISDIRECT Defined for Kids
Definition of misdirect for Students
: to send to the wrong place The mail was misdirected.
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