I verb confound, confuse, create a false impression, give a false impression, instruct badly, involve in error, lead astray, lead into error, misaddress, misadvise, miseducate, misguide, misinform, misinstruct, mislead, misteach, put off the scent, throw into confusion II index convert (misappropriate), corrupt, deceive, delude, disorient, distort, divert, dupe, ensnare, exploit (take advantage of), illude, misemploy, misgovern, misguide, mishandle (mismanage), misinform, mislabel, mislead, mismanage, palter, slant

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  • misdirect — (v.) c.1600, give wrong directions to; see MIS (Cf. mis ) (1) + DIRECT (Cf. direct) (v.). Related: Misdirected; misdirecting …   Etymology dictionary

  • misdirect — ► VERB ▪ direct or instruct wrongly. DERIVATIVES misdirection noun …   English terms dictionary

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  • misdirect — UK [ˌmɪsdaɪˈrekt] / US verb [transitive] Word forms misdirect : present tense I/you/we/they misdirect he/she/it misdirects present participle misdirecting past tense misdirected past participle misdirected to use something wrongly or for the… …   English dictionary

  • misdirect — /mis di rekt /, v.t. to direct or address wrongly or incorrectly: to misdirect a person; to misdirect a letter. [1595 1605; MIS 1 + DIRECT] * * * …   Universalium

  • misdirect — mis•di•rect [[t]ˌmɪs dɪˈrɛkt[/t]] v. t. to direct, instruct, or address wrongly: to misdirect a person; to misdirect a letter[/ex] • Etymology: 1595–1605 …   From formal English to slang

  • misdirect — mis|di|rect [ˌmısdıˈrekt, daı ] v [T usually in passive] 1.) formal to use your effort, energy, abilities etc on doing the wrong thing ▪ Without well defined goals, it is likely that efforts will be misdirected. ▪ Their criticism is misdirected.… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • misdirect — mis|di|rect [ ,mısdaı rekt ] verb transitive to use something wrongly or for the wrong purpose: He accused them of trying to misdirect national resources. a. to send someone or something the wrong way or to the wrong place: They had misdirected… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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