Definitions

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

  • transitive verb To put in a place that is afterward forgotten.
  • transitive verb To place or put down incorrectly.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Preterit of mislie.
  • To lay in a wrong or unaccustomed place; put in a place afterward forgotten: as, to mislay a letter or one's gloves.
  • To place or set down erroneously; give or assign a wrong location to.

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

  • transitive verb To lay in a wrong place; to ascribe to a wrong source.
  • transitive verb To lay in a place not recollected; to misplace; to lose.

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

  • verb To leave or lay something in the wrong place and then forget where one put it.

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

  • verb place (something) where one cannot find it again

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Examples

  • As Cameron cheerfully admitted, he's lost a minister (David Laws) and an adviser (Lord Young), been forced to cancel that Thai holiday and to "mislay" his personal photographer.

    David Cameron – realist or Pollyanna?

  • At an indirect Board meeting, a Board as well as Schwarz concluded to this arrangement as well as a Board of Control voted unanimously to mislay a clause from Schwarzs stipulate in courtesy to regulating BRP apparatus/vehicles for personal have make have make make use of of of of of as well as sell a 2004 pickup to Schwarz for $1.00 in lieu of monetary compensation.

    September 09, 2009 Meeting Minutes

  • The House GOP fails to mislay Rep. Charles Rangel from the Ways as well as Means Committee for the third time.

    A.M. Roundup - Capitol Confidential - New York Politics ...

  • Cognizant of seniors' tendency to mislay important objects, Ryan thoughtfully unburdens them with having to handle the grubby little coupons physically: those will be given directly to the insurance providers for safekeeping.

    Will Durst: Corroded Clockwork

  • The House GOP fails to mislay Rep. Charles Rangel from the Ways as well as Means Committee for the third time.

    Archive 2009-11-01

  • At an indirect Board meeting, a Board as well as Schwarz concluded to this arrangement as well as a Board of Control voted unanimously to mislay a clause from Schwarzs stipulate in courtesy to regulating BRP apparatus/vehicles for personal have make have make make use of of of of of as well as sell a 2004 pickup to Schwarz for $1.00 in lieu of monetary compensation.

    Archive 2009-12-01

  • I don't know if it's just a phase, or separation related, but as we walk to school, or around the neighbourhood at the weekend, they both hold on for dear life, as if they might mislay me somewhere between the supermarket and the house.

    Diary of a separation

  • Tim sensitive Barry which they would need a bigger crew, some-more burning rigs, as well as producers to mislay their property away from a ditch.

    September 09, 2009 Meeting Minutes

  • I suspect that when other people mislay things they make sure that your husband doesn't find out, but you can't.

    Jean's Knitting

  • Tim sensitive Barry which they would need a bigger crew, some-more burning rigs, as well as producers to mislay their property away from a ditch.

    Archive 2009-12-01

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