verb (used with object)
to direct or address wrongly or incorrectly: to misdirect a person; to misdirect a letter.

1595–1605; mis-1 + direct

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misdirect (ˌmɪsdɪˈrɛkt)
1.  to give (a person) wrong directions or instructions
2.  to address (a letter, parcel, etc) wrongly

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Word Origin & History

c.1600, "give wrong directions to;" see mis- (1) + direct (v.). First record of misdirection "action of a conjurer, thief, etc. to distract someone" is from 1943.
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Example sentences
Eyespots may confuse predators such as birds and misdirect them from the soft,
  vulnerable part of the butterfly's body.
Furthermore, the wording of the article was carefully chosen to misdirect
If you attempt to use this method it will misdirect you.
Single ramps can misdirect blind pedestrians who use the slope of curb ramps as
  a cue.
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