misplace

verb mis·place \ ˌmis-ˈplās \
Updated on: 21 Nov 2017

Definition of misplace

transitive verb
1 a : 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

misplacement

play \-ˈplās-mənt\ noun

Examples of misplace in a Sentence

  1. I seem to have misplaced my keys.

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First Known Use of misplace

1555

misplace Synonyms

Synonyms
mislay, lose
Related Words
forget, miss, overlook, pass over
Near Antonyms
enjoy, have, hold, keep, occupy, own, possess, retain; descry, detect, find, locate, run down, scare up, scout (up), track (down)

MISPLACE Defined for English Language Learners

misplace

verb

Definition of misplace for English Language Learners

  • : 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


MISPLACE Defined for Kids

misplace

verb mis·place \ mis-ˈplās \

Definition of misplace for Students

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

Synonym Discussion of 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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