mis·​place ˌmis-ˈplās How to pronounce misplace (audio)
misplaced; misplacing; misplaces

transitive verb

: to put in a wrong or inappropriate place
misplace a comma
: mislay
misplaced the keys
: to set on a wrong object or eventuality
his trust had been misplaced
misplacement noun

Examples of misplace in a Sentence

I seem to have misplaced my keys.
Recent Examples on the Web But a 2021 study from the Transportation Department suggests concerns about widespread job loss may be misplaced: Autonomous trucking could at most lead to 11,000 layoffs in the next five years, the study says — less than 2 percent of the long-haul driver workforce. Trisha Thadani, Washington Post, 31 Mar. 2024 Some at the department worried Mr. Cooney might be trying to settle unfinished business, according to two former officials who now believe those doubts were misplaced. Adam Goldman, New York Times, 22 Mar. 2024 But residents’ hopes that the Russians wouldn’t dare attack the nuclear facility were misplaced. Nataliya Gumenyuk, The Atlantic, 6 Mar. 2024 Overall, however, the latest data suggests that concerns about a decline in labor market productivity are misplaced. Tom Saler, Journal Sentinel, 14 Mar. 2024 Nearly two months later, Newsom’s cockiness appears misplaced. Taryn Luna, Los Angeles Times, 12 Mar. 2024 Matt Damon, Jeff Bridges and Angelina Jolie have all admitted to misplacing their golden men through the years. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, 6 Mar. 2024 They can be easily taken or misplaced, leading to financial issues for businesses. Nick Chandi, Forbes, 27 Feb. 2024 South Africa has no moral standing to sue Israel for alleged genocide in the International Court of Justice. Clamors for a cease-fire are misplaced. Armstrong Williams, Baltimore Sun, 26 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1555, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of misplace was in 1555

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“Misplace.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misplace. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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mis·​place (ˈ)mis-ˈplās How to pronounce misplace (audio)
: to put in a wrong place
: mislay
misplacement noun

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