mis·​lay | \ ˌmis-ˈlā How to pronounce mislay (audio) \
mislaid\ ˌmis-​ˈlād How to pronounce mislay (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 According to a survey of workers in America and the U.K., the loss in productivity from forgetting or mislaying passwords comes to at least U.S. $420 per employee annually. Marie Kondo, Marie Claire, "Marie Kondo on How to Spark Joy in Your Career," 6 Apr. 2020 What counts is the manner of slaughter, and—this being the most courteous of films—the vital importance of never mislaying one’s cool. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "Pastiche and Politics in “Knives Out”," 22 Nov. 2019 It’s not mislaid soup spoons or white shoes after Labor Day unsettling me. BostonGlobe.com, "Parents give and give, and their kids just get ruder and more entitled.”," 23 Oct. 2019 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

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First Known Use of mislay

1614, in the meaning defined above

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“Mislay.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mislay. Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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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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