misemploy

verb
mis·​em·​ploy | \ ˌmis-im-ˈplȯi How to pronounce misemploy (audio) , -em- \
misemployed; misemploying

Definition of misemploy

transitive verb

: to use (something) in a wrong or harmful way The series also tells the story of the fantastic scientific achievements of the time, achievements which would later be misemployed by Hitler's war machine.Continental Choice

Other Words from misemploy

misemployment \ ˌmis-​im-​ˈplȯi-​mənt How to pronounce misemploy (audio) , -​em-​ \ noun, plural misemployments
the misemployment of her time and talents

First Known Use of misemploy

1594, in the meaning defined above

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“Misemploy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misemploy. Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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