Definition of misplace in English:



  • 1Put (an object) in the wrong place and so lose it temporarily.

    ‘I'm sure the jewellery has just been misplaced, and not stolen’
    • ‘Kate, they keep saying they lost track of them, like they misplaced them the way you would your keys or your wallet.’
    • ‘I seem to have misplaced my invitation to the party.’
    • ‘Normally, jewelry and I were a rare combination, seeing as I would either lose it in two weeks or accidentally misplace it somewhere in my vast room.’
    • ‘Now I'm worried I may have misplaced the guy's number.’
    • ‘Everyone misplaces things but a person with dementia may put things in unusual places like the iron in the fridge.’
    • ‘So Miss Jones misplaced some important correspondence.’
    • ‘Tape storage can go missing for a variety of reasons, including someone just misplacing the tape cartridges or losing them.’
    • ‘However, it is so tiny that it can easily be misplaced.’
    • ‘This ensures that all required material is ordered and nothing is misplaced or lost.’
    • ‘Is there anyone reading this who hasn't been guilty at some point of misplacing their keys, losing track of the time or forgetting someone's name?’
    • ‘Of course, New Zealand citizenship's a must, but I seem to have misplaced my passport…’
    • ‘The losses often occur over many years, and since they initially seem harmless - who hasn't forgotten to pay a bill or misplaced the car keys?’
    • ‘Instead I've somehow lost or misplaced the information.’
    • ‘And later, he believes, someone tried to prevent him from filing his nomination by misplacing his file.’
    • ‘I'm sure I'm not the only parent who misplaced the letter before it was even opened, and almost missed the final deadline for sending in the form.’
    • ‘It cannot be denied that land applications under various categories have either been routinely delayed or the paper work misplaced or lost, on several occasions.’
    • ‘For one thing, it's hard to lose or misplace a dog on your desk, and it's even harder to flatten one accidentally under a coffee cup.’
    • ‘All too often, photographs, documents and stories are misplaced or lost and the memories of families or cultures are left with gaping holes.’
    • ‘I mean, did you lose your wedding ring, maybe misplace it, can't find it?’
    • ‘I was afraid I might have outright lost it rather than just misplaced it, so that's a relief.’
    lose, mislay, put in the wrong place, lose track of, miss, drop, forget, be unable to find, be unable to lay one's hands on, forget the whereabouts of, forget where one has put something
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  • 2Position incorrectly.

    ‘Crewe came back into the game when Strachan misplaced a pass in the midfield’
    • ‘No problem Jose, next time he misplaces a pass I'll pretend it was pin-point accuracy itself.’
    • ‘Henrik Larsson misplaced a pass and gifted Hibs a winning goal on his Celtic debut.’
    • ‘If they get abused every time they misplace a pass it means the next time the ball comes their way they will welcome it as much as a dose of flu.’
    • ‘Ryan Giggs was trying too hard to cause trouble on his own, running past three players but trying to beat a fourth rather than pass, and then minutes later misplacing an ambitious pass out to Blake.’
    • ‘Josep ‘Pep’ Guardiola is not merely a great player, the pivot between defence and attack, a man who hardly ever misplaces a pass and always seems to know where the loose ball is going to drop; Pep is also a Catalan.’
    • ‘The Rangers captain struggles to disguise disgust with himself when he misplaces a pass and can look disdainfully in the direction of malfunctioning teammates too.’
    • ‘In the game White plays an overly direct plan of attack, misplacing all his major pieces on the kingside.’
    • ‘The procedure is technically difficult; risks include tangling up the suture or misplacing an anchor.’
    • ‘The Albanians didn't do a lot of attacking and Rio spent most of the time defending closer to the half way line than the box and I don't think he misplaced a pass all game.’
    • ‘Alan Thompson misplaced a pass, Shota Arveladze, a substitute, seized on the error and passed to Nacho Novo.’
    • ‘It doesn't take confidence to win a tackle but it does take a strong-minded player to keep demanding the ball even when he has misplaced his previous pass.’
    • ‘He rolled a feeble shot 10 yards wide of goal and then misplaced a pass to Cole.’
    • ‘He misplaced a pass at the very start and was in a foul mood with himself throughout a toiling performance.’
    • ‘This kid is amazing although he has recently had a sudden dip in form which has concerned me such as his game foe England against Greece in which he misplaced too many passes.’
    • ‘He misplaced a pass in midfield and Sergio sent Victor racing clear for 35 yards before he ripped a shot past Williams.’
    • ‘Twice Cheadle defenders misplaced passes to Hoyle who sent Longley through on both occasions.’
    • ‘As the game wore on and Arsenal continued to misplace passes, the crowd's frustration grew.’
    • ‘While Kennedy was a nervy presence alongside Stanislav Varga, misplacing the odd pass across the back, and twice committing errors that could have been punished by McSwegan, Pearson was more impressive.’
    • ‘It remains a mystery how he managed to misplace 17 passes for England against Albania, a performance that effectively ended an international career which peaked at Euro 96.’
    • ‘The captain Antonio Conte misplaced a pass four minutes before the interval and, worse still for the Italians, had given Giggs a clear run.’