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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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.
Recent Examples on the Web Who would have told him that his faith in us was misplaced, and informed him—and us—that Mister Rogers was wrong? Tom Junod, The Atlantic, "What Would Mister Rogers Do?," 7 Nov. 2019 Get our daily newsletter His glee is misplaced—because the assumptions behind it are wrong. The Economist, "Don’t blame market-friendly policies for Latin America’s discontent," 31 Oct. 2019 The family also filed a temporary restraining order asking that the court orders the city not to destroy any records, misplace them or in any way change them. Htv National Desk, Houston Chronicle, "Family of teen boy who died after getting trapped by van seat sues city over 911 program," 12 Aug. 2019 The civil rights attorney, along with the family, also believes that the organs have been misplaced. Tanya A. Christian, Essence, "Mysterious Prison Death Leaves Family Searching For Answers A Year Later," 10 June 2019 The Bruins showed the selection committee's faith was not misplaced, getting the breakthrough win on their eighth try. Sean Meagher | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "NCAA Tournament 2019: Belmont beats Temple 81-70 for 1st tournament win," 19 Mar. 2019 Evidence sat in storage, or was misplaced, or swallowed up by hurricanes. Kyle Swenson, The Seattle Times, "Elderly prisoner claims he’s America’s deadliest serial killer with 90 victims. Police believe him.," 20 Nov. 2018 Yes, there’s always the risk of misplacing a dongle, but IOGear’s GWHDKIT11C sounds extremely convenient, assuming the performance meets expectations. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "IOGear's wireless HDMI extender embeds 60GHz technology in a USB-C dongle," 5 June 2019 Legend, a Grammy- and Oscar-winning singer who also founded FreeAmerica, a criminal-justice-reform advocacy group, suggested the president’s ire was misplaced. Washington Post, The Denver Post, "Trump attacks “boring” John Legend, “filthy mouthed” Chrissy Teigen for not crediting his criminal justice reform," 9 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of misplace

1555, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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16 Nov 2019

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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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