mis·place | \ˌmis-ˈplās \
misplaced; misplacing; misplaces

Definition of misplace 

transitive verb

1a : to put in a wrong or inappropriate place misplace a comma

b : mislay misplaced the keys

2 : to set on a wrong object or eventuality his trust had been misplaced

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misplacement \-ˈplās-mənt \ noun

Synonyms for misplace


lose, mislay

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misplace and mislay mean to put in the wrong place. misplace may mean to put something in a place that is not its usual location. Someone seems to have misplaced the crayons. misplace may also mean putting something where it should not have been at all. I misplaced my confidence in them. mislay means not only placing something in the wrong location but also forgetting that location. I mislaid my keys.

Examples of misplace in a Sentence

I seem to have misplaced my keys.

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But Germany, which has been in Mr. Trump’s crosshairs for spending only 1.24% of its gross domestic product on defense, said the sole focus on military spending is misplaced. Robert Wall, WSJ, "NATO Members Say Focus on Military Spending Misplaced," 12 July 2018 Others may have misplaced or lost a ballot delivered in the mail. John Myers, latimes.com, "5 important voting rules to know for California's primary," 4 June 2018 The final ball was lacking and even David Silva misplaced some passes. Steve Douglas, chicagotribune.com, "Manchester City held to scoreless draw by Huddersfield in title celebration," 6 May 2018 Duncan submitted the image to a local paper, which misplaced it. Washington Post, latimes.com, "Famed photojournalist David Douglas Duncan dies at 102," 8 June 2018 This is rumored to be because Elizabeth’s was allegedly misplaced by a footman and went missing at some point during her wedding day — much to the dismay of the official photographer. Jennifer Hassan, Washington Post, "Meghan Markle, Prince Harry and the pressures of royal wedding traditions," 16 May 2018 This is rumored to be because Elizabeth’s was allegedly misplaced by a footman and went missing at some point during her wedding day - much to the dismay of the official photographer. Jennifer Hassan, BostonGlobe.com, "A look at the royal wedding traditions — and pressures — that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry face," 16 May 2018 Both of these memoirs are useful reminders that our envy of big league ballplayers and other stars, while understandable, is often misplaced. Steve Rushin, SI.com, "Keith Hernandez, Lou Piniella Focus on Humanity, Not Glory, in New Memoirs," 16 May 2018 Everyone can remember the instant panic of misplacing a favorite stuffed animal. Caroline Blackmon, Detroit Free Press, "Family needs help finding teddy bear lost at Sleeping Bear Dunes," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of misplace

1555, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of misplace

: to put (something) in the wrong place

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

: to direct (a feeling, such as trust or confidence) toward someone or something that does not deserve it


mis·place | \mis-ˈplās \
misplaced; misplacing

Kids Definition of misplace

1 : to put (something) where it doesn't belong misplace a comma

2 : mislay

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