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 \ -​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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The judge for the Crime Victims’ Rights Act lawsuit agreed that the affidavit was misplaced in that case, and it was dropped. Julie K. Brown, The Seattle Times, "Perversion of Justice: Even from jail, sex abuser manipulated the system. His victims were kept in the dark," 4 Dec. 2018 Their belongings were misplaced in each other’s suitcases. Raquel Rutledge, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Mother's nightmare at Mexico resort: 'There is more to this deeper darker story than we know'," 21 Feb. 2018 If your mom suddenly keeps misplacing her keys or your grandfather persistently calls you by your sister’s name, your mind might automatically jump to Alzheimer’s disease. Korin Miller, SELF, "Are There Early Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease to Watch For?," 28 Nov. 2018 An apparent production problem misplaced some metal in the food, necessitating Hormel Foods to recall of about 228,614 pounds of SPAM Classic and Black Label Luncheon Loaf. David J. Neal, miamiherald, "Teeth-injuring metal in the meat got 228,000 pounds of these shelf staples recalled," 29 May 2018 In the third stage, mild dementia occurs, which may cause more noticeable memory lapses, like misplacing items, missing appointments, or getting lost in even familiar locations. Dan Barna, SELF, "Retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor Announces She's Been Diagnosed With Dementia," 23 Oct. 2018 Federal and private student-loan servicers contact borrowers directly with loan and payment information, but families sometimes miss or misplace these communications. Cheryl Winokur Munk, WSJ, "The Biggest Mistakes With Student-Loan Repayments," 7 Oct. 2018 If these numbers are even close to reality, the Lagoon will wind up being the most forgiving pair of headphones for people who make a habit of forgetting or misplacing their charger. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Beyerdynamic’s new wireless headphones put the LED lights where they belong: on the inside," 31 Aug. 2018 By preventing an all-out trade war with China and finalizing a new NAFTA deal, the president’s bold actions will prove to one of his most loyal cohorts that our trust was not misplaced. Casey Guernsey, Fortune, "I’m a Farmer and Trump Voter. Here’s How He Can Keep Our Support.," 18 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of misplace

1555, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of misplace was in 1555

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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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