misplace

verb
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

Other Words from misplace

misplacement \ ˌmis-​ˈplās-​mənt How to pronounce misplace (audio) \ noun

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Examples of misplace in a Sentence

I seem to have misplaced my keys.
Recent Examples on the Web Tuesday’s arctic air will leave Connecticut Wednesday morning, but don’t misplace the jackets, hats, gloves, and scarves as more arctic air will be arriving for the start of the weekend. courant.com, 12 Jan. 2022 Russo recused herself from the case and appointed a private investigator, who found that Tiedjen and his attorneys did not misplace them but could not locate the photographs or determine who had lost them. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, 23 June 2021 It’s not unusual to misplace your car keys or reading glasses (which are on your head). Marc Saltzman, USA TODAY, 8 May 2021 Does your dad always misplace his phone, wallet, keys, AirPods, wedding band, and other super important items? Rebecca Norris, USA TODAY, 12 May 2021 There are many other episodes in which bitcoin accounts have been hacked by cyberthieves or lost when their owners misplace their access codes, which can’t be replicated. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 27 Apr. 2021 Each dumbbell has a base that holds any unused weight, so there are no plates to trip over and no clamps to misplace. Claire Zillman, Fortune, 18 Apr. 2021 The honor is so fresh that Monk hasn’t had a chance to misplace it yet. al, 22 Feb. 2021 These little Bluetooth trackers are a huge boon for any giftee who tends to misplace their keys, bags, or smartphone, and the Tile Mate can be had for a very giftable price. Lee Neikirk, USA TODAY, 25 Sep. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of misplace

1555, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Misplace.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misplace. Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for misplace

misplace

verb
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

Choose the Right Synonym for misplace

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.

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