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

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Examples of misplace in a Sentence

I seem to have misplaced my keys.
Recent Examples on the Web Four years after being lectured about accepting the results of the 2016 election, half the country has proven that these never very sincere concerns were misplaced. Matthew Walther, TheWeek, "The revolution is not coming," 9 June 2020 But economists warn the optimism could be misplaced. Anchorage Daily News, "77% of laid-off workers believe they will return to their old job, poll finds," 7 May 2020 Public health officials say stocking up is not a bad idea in case of quarantines or illness, but the focus on hand sanitizer is misplaced. Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, "As coronavirus concern mounts, hand sanitizer runs scarce in Anchorage," 5 Mar. 2020 In his breathless recounting of present ills, Schwartz is probably guilty of misplacing the historical emphasis. Kanishk Tharoor, The New Republic, "The Exclusivity Economy," 21 Apr. 2020 Fears that carriers’ unbundling strategies are going too far may be misplaced. Jon Sindreu, WSJ, "Airlines Shouldn’t Always Listen to Their Customers," 3 Feb. 2020 But the dismissive tone toward Witten is misplaced. David Moore, Dallas News, "Dez Bryant can still contribute in the NFL, but would signing him make sense for the Cowboys?," 7 Mar. 2020 Nightingale’s defenders fired back, insisting that the criticism was misplaced, and the attempt failed. Tina Hillier, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Defiance of Florence Nightingale," 20 Feb. 2020 The incident isn't the first time Cameron's team has misplaced something important. Rob Picheta, CNN, "David Cameron's bodyguard left a loaded gun in the toilet on a commercial flight, reports say," 5 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of misplace

1555, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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14 Jun 2020

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“Misplace.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misplace. Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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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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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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