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[mis-pleys] /mɪsˈpleɪs/
verb (used with object), misplaced, misplacing.
to put in a wrong place.
to put in a place afterward forgotten; lose; mislay.
to place or bestow improperly, unsuitably, or unwisely:
to misplace one's trust.
Origin of misplace
1545-55; mis-1 + place
Related forms
misplacement, noun
1, 2. See displace. 3. misapply. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for misplace
Historical Examples
  • I was so afraid I'd forget and flop down on them, or misplace something, that I came in here to read awhile.

    The Little Colonel: Maid of Honor Annie Fellows Johnston
  • I could not tell how to speak my words for fear I should misplace them.'

    Bunyan James Anthony Froude
  • Belle, how many times must I ask you not to misplace my things?

    Murder at Bridge Anne Austin
  • Should the tenant lose or misplace the key it is up to them to replace same.

  • I think I preached it very well; and never a thump did I forget or misplace.

    The Story Girl Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • I could not now tell how to speak my words, for fear I should misplace them.

    The Life of John Bunyan Edmund Venables
  • She thought it cleverer to withhold trust from everybody, lest she misplace it in somebody.

    We Can't Have Everything Rupert Hughes
  • The chamber-maid that 'cleared up' No. 25, dared not, at the price of her scalp, misplace a boot or a tooth-brush.

  • Second: Because it seems to me to misplace the emphasis by putting the material before the spiritual in human happiness.

  • They read more slowly, more often misplace the emphasis, and miscall more words.

    The Measurement of Intelligence Lewis Madison Terman
British Dictionary definitions for misplace


verb (transitive)
to put (something) in the wrong place, esp to lose (something) temporarily by forgetting where it was placed; mislay
(often passive) to bestow (trust, confidence, affection, etc) unadvisedly
Derived Forms
misplacement, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for misplace

1550s, "to assign a wrong position to;" see mis- (1) + place (v.). Of affections, confidence, etc., "to give to a wrong object," it is recorded from 1630s. Related: Misplaced; misplacing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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