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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 misplaced
  • These fused kidneys are generally situated in the middle line of the abdomen, but may be misplaced as well.
  • The sure sign of the general decline of an art is the frequent occurrence, not of deformity, but of misplaced beauty.
  • Forgotten was the lesson that human error and misplaced faith in operational procedure could produce large-scale oil catastrophe.
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  • All of this talk of mathematical talent is misplaced even though there are clear, inherited differences in all human abilities.
  • Targeting residents with extensive water conservation campaigns is a woefully misplaced effort.
  • We become attached and have real or misplaced empathy.
  • The labor spokesperson's fears of political capture are probably not misplaced.
  • After the remodel, the couple discovered they'd misplaced their egg cup in the chaos of packing and unpacking the kitchen.
  • Unfortunately, his enthusiasm seemed a bit misplaced.
British Dictionary definitions for misplaced


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
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Word Origin and History for misplaced



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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