[[t]mɪ̱sdɪre̱kt, -daɪr-[/t]]
misdirects, misdirecting, misdirected
1) VERB: usu passive If resources or efforts are misdirected, they are used in the wrong way or for the wrong purposes.

[be V-ed] Many of the aid projects in the developing world have been misdirected in the past.

Derived words:
misdirected ADJ-GRADED

...a misdirected effort to mollify the bishop.

2) VERB If you misdirect someone, you send them in the wrong direction.

[V n] He had deliberately misdirected the reporters.

English dictionary. 2008.

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  • misdirect — UK US /ˌmɪsdɪˈrekt/ verb [T] ► to send something to the wrong place or in the wrong direction: »If people are worried about payments being misdirected, they can opt to use direct deposit. »The publisher often lost or misdirected orders. ► to use… …   Financial and business terms

  • 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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