from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To use or apply wrongly.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To make an erroneous application of; apply or dispose of wrongly: as, to misapply a name or title; to misapply one's talents or exertions; to misapply public money.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To apply wrongly; to use for a wrong purpose

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To apply incorrectly; to misuse.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb apply to a wrong thing or person; apply badly or incorrectly


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mis- +‎ apply


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