mis·​place | \ ˌmis-ˈplās How to pronounce misplace (audio) \
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 \ ˌmis-​ˈplās-​mənt How to pronounce misplacement (audio) \ 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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At the 2018 event, Meghan's co-presenter seemed to misplace his papers, making for an awkward moment onstage. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Opted for a Givenchy Blouse and Skirt at the Endeavour Fund Awards," 7 Feb. 2019 Now, some say their expectation that Trump would be different may have been misplaced. Isaac Arnsdorf, ProPublica, "Chicken Farmers Thought Trump Was Going to Help Them. Then His Administration Did the Opposite.," 5 June 2019 Those drawings misplaced the location of the bullet that struck Clark on the side near his shoulder. David Caraccio, sacbee, "This 3D autopsy animation shows where the eight bullets struck Stephon Clark | The Sacramento Bee," 4 Apr. 2018 Some of the public outrage at the time focused on bodies being dismembered after donation — a reaction that Shreves says was misplaced. Stephanie Innes, AZCentral.com, "Arizona is a hotbed for the cadaver industry, and potential donors have plenty of options," 10 June 2019 Among the issues were difficulties during a statewide recount, including narrowly missing a key deadline to file results with the state and misplacing 2,040 ballots. Anthony Man, sun-sentinel.com, "Former Democratic Party boss wants job overseeing Broward elections," 5 June 2019 When one half of the team misplaces the memory of some little happening, the other will be there to remind. Nicola Prentis, Good Housekeeping, "To My Single Mom: You Had It Way Harder Than I Realized Growing Up," 26 Mar. 2019 But only time will tell if that enthusiasm is misplaced. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, "‘Fortnite’ Effect: The Game Never Ends," 15 Feb. 2019 Gainey said the state needs a mechanism to deal with lost and stolen firearms that would flag or penalize people who repeatedly misplace firearms. Justine Mcdaniel, Philly.com, "Gun safety after Parkland: Here's every idea the Pa. House has. Will any become reality?," 19 Apr. 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 How to pronounce misplace (audio) \
misplaced; misplacing

Kids Definition of misplace

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

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