misdirect

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verb mis·di·rect \-də-ˈrekt, -(ˌ)dī-\

Definition of misdirect

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to give a wrong direction to

  3. 2 :  to direct wrongly misdirected their energies

Examples of misdirect in a Sentence

  1. Their mail was misdirected to our address.

  2. If he tells you he's not interested, he's trying to misdirect you.

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First Known Use of misdirect

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MISDIRECT Defined for English Language Learners

misdirect

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verb mis·di·rect \-də-ˈrekt, -(ˌ)dī-\

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

misdirect

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verb mis·di·rect \ˌmis-də-ˈrekt\

Definition of misdirect for Students

misdirected

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misdirecting

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



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