mis·di·rect | \-də-ˈrekt, -(ˌ)dī-\
misdirected; misdirecting; misdirects

Definition of misdirect 

transitive verb

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.

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Virtually all of the Czech Republic’s other political parties declined to back Mr. Babis, citing the continuing prosecution of the agrochemical tycoon for allegedly misdirecting $2.5 million of EU funds into his own businesses. Drew Hinshaw, WSJ, "Czech Premier Reaches Power-Sharing Deal With Communists," 10 July 2018 While the president has worked to distract and misdirect public attention from the investigation with outlandish claims, special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation has moved quietly, steadily forward. Meg Kelly, Washington Post, "Video: The ‘scandals’ and progress of the Russia probe," 26 May 2018 But when the group is radically misdirected by a seriously Super-Villain and his maniacal plan to take over the Earth, things really go awry. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Advance Movie Screening for the Family," 2 July 2018 In the governor’s race alone, outside groups have collectively raised $29.5 million — more than any of the individual campaigns — and been responsible for most of the attacks, many designed to misdirect voters. John Wildermuth, San Francisco Chronicle, "How California political ads fool voters, while candidates keep hands clean," 30 May 2018 Republican lawmakers, including Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, called the tariff decision wrongheaded and misdirected. The Washington Post, OregonLive.com, "Trump trade adviser says no exceptions for allies on new aluminum and steel tariffs," 4 Mar. 2018 Sponsor is not responsible for entries that are lost, misdirected, garbled, distorted, truncated, incomplete, illegible, incorrect or late for any reason, and all such entries are void. Union-tribune Rewards, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Enter to Win Two Tickets to San Diego Legion's Inaugural Rugby Season as well as a gift certificate to Hundred Proof!," 11 May 2018 Relying on such flawed indicators will misdirect federal civil rights efforts. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "Are too many minority students identified as disabled? Or are some who need services overlooked?," 4 May 2018 The Heat know just how to bust Ellington loose and even more important: when to misdirect the defense instead. Rob Mahoney, SI.com, "Breakaway: Wayne Ellington's Journey From Indistinguishable to Indispensable," 5 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of misdirect

1603, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of misdirect

: 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


mis·di·rect | \ˌmis-də-ˈrekt \
misdirected; misdirecting

Kids Definition of misdirect

: to send to the wrong place The mail was misdirected.

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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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