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misdirect

[mis-di-rekt] /ˌmɪs dɪˈrɛkt/
verb (used with object)
1.
to direct or address wrongly or incorrectly:
to misdirect a person; to misdirect a letter.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; mis-1 + direct
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Examples for misdirect
  • 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 people.
  • If you attempt to use this method it will misdirect you.
  • Failure to do so may delay identification and/or misdirect and disqualify your submission.
  • Single ramps can misdirect blind pedestrians who use the slope of curb ramps as a cue.
  • Court clerks took bribes to decide whether or not to open cases and to hide or misdirect the files of those accused of crimes.
  • Clerks took bribes to decide whether or not to open cases and to hide or misdirect the files of those accused of crimes.
British Dictionary definitions for misdirect

misdirect

/ˌmɪsdɪˈrɛkt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to give (a person) wrong directions or instructions
2.
to address (a letter, parcel, etc) wrongly
Derived Forms
misdirection, noun
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Word Origin and History for misdirect
misdirect
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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