mis·​lay | \ ˌmis-ˈlā How to pronounce mislay (audio) \
mislaid\ ˌmis-​ˈlād How to pronounce mislaid (audio) \; mislaying

Definition of mislay

transitive verb

: to put in an unremembered place : lose he mislaid his car keys

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Examples of mislay in a Sentence

I'm always mislaying my bus pass.
Recent Examples on the Web But this wasn’t abandoned property; it was mislaid property. New York Times, "My Dysfunctional Brother Was Abused. How Do I Acknowledge His Past?," 16 July 2019 In the same incident, Riplinger was charged with theft of mislaid property in the 300 block of South Rand Road. Phil Rockrohr, chicagotribune.com, "Lake Zurich police blotter: DUIs, theft and underage alcohol possession reported in village," 12 July 2019 For those who picked up cash and kept it for themselves, charges could include theft of lost or mislaid property and could be a felony or misdemeanor, depending on the amount. Amanda Watts, CNN, "Drivers stopped on an Atlanta interstate to grab $175,000 in cash that fell out of an armored truck," 10 July 2019 Muhammad Faraz, 36, of the 3700 block of Salem Walk, Northbrook, was charged on May 30 with theft of lost or mislaid property after an investigation in the 1700 block of Milwaukee Avenue. Alexandra Kukulka, chicagotribune.com, "Police: Rented Ford Explorer not returned to Glenview dealership," 5 June 2018 In a related action, Donnailla Dismukes, 32, and James Gaston, 29, both of Sauk Village, were charged with stealing lost or mislaid property after each drove the vehicle upon which Jimerson had loaded the generators, police said. Staff Report, Daily Southtown, "Southland police blotter," 3 July 2018 Markeita Goodman, 28, of the 1400 block of Foster Street, Evanston, was charged on May 8 with theft of lost or mislaid property for an incident that occurred in April in the 100 block of Waukegan Road. Alexandra Kukulka, chicagotribune.com, "Police: $1,200 in alcohol, merchandise stolen from Glenview store," 11 May 2018 Van is the one who pulls Earn toward responsibility and stability, out of bad decisions and mislaid schemes and back into the real world. Allison P. Davis, The Cut, "Zazie Beetz Can’t Be Bothered," 1 Mar. 2018 Some, however, think the fixation on Winslet's statements is mislaid and missing the point. Evelyn Wang, Glamour, "Kate Winslet Says She Deliberately Didn't Thank Harvey Weinstein in Her 2009 Oscar Speech," 16 Oct. 2017

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1614, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of mislay was in 1614

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English Language Learners Definition of mislay

: to lose (something) for a short time by forgetting where you put it


mis·​lay | \ mis-ˈlā How to pronounce mislay (audio) \
mislaid\ -​ˈlād \; mislaying

Kids Definition of mislay

: to put in a place later forgotten : lose “Nobody stole your motorcycle,” answered the boy's mother … “You just mislaid it.”— Beverly Cleary, The Mouse and the Motorcycle

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to spread as a report or rumor

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