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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb misdirect:


Definition of the verb misdirect

What does misdirect mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: misdirected | misdirecting | misdirects

  1. corrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality
  2. lead someone in the wrong direction or give someone wrong directions
  3. put a wrong address on
    • example: misdirect the letter
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonym of misdirect: misaddress
    • more generic words: address / direct = put an address on

Alternative definition of the verb misdirect


  1. To direct something wrongly
  2. To put the incorrect address on a mail item

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for misdirect

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Google previewHow to Be Funny (2010)

The One and Only Practical Guide for Every Occasion, Situation, and Disaster (no kidding) by Jon Macks

The deliberate misdirect is an excellent way to begin a speech because it draws your audience in with a false premise, then switches it on ...

Google previewThe Dimwit's Dictionary (2006)

More Than 5,000 Overused Words and Phrases and Alternatives to Them by Robert Hartwell Fiske, Joseph Epstein

bilk; bluff; cheat; con; deceive; defraud; delude; dupe; feint; fool; gyp; hoodwink; lead astray; misdirect; misguide; misinform; mislead; spoof; swindle; trick; victimize. pull a rabbit out of the hat A moribund metaphor (see page 21). be cre- ative; ...

Google previewPansegrouw's Crossword Dictionary (1994)

by Louisa Pansegrouw

misadventure, mischance, misfortune, snag mishmash hodge-podge, hotchpotch, jumble, mess misinform deceive, misdirect, misguide, mislead misinformed mistaken misinterpret confuse, garble, misapprehend, miscalculate, misconceive, ...

Google previewMerriam-Webster's Rhyming Dictionary (2002)

by Merriam-Webster, Inc

disrespect, double-decked, genuflect, grapholect, incorrect, indirect, intellect, interject, intersect, introject, introspect, misdirect, preselect, re-collect, recollect, redirect, reelect, resurrect, retrospect, self-respect, turtlenecked, vivisect aftereffect, ...

Google previewAlberta Elders' Cree Dictionary (1998)

by Nancy LeClaire, George Cardinal, Emily Hunter

misdirect wanitisaAwew ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Humor Studies (2014)

by Salvatore Attardo

To this end, the joke creator must express the setup appropriately, so as to guide (misdirect) the audience toward the required interpretation. In language, this can involve careful choice of vocabu- lary and other discourse elements. Sometimes ...

Google previewFlip Dictionary (2002)

by Barbara Kipfer

MISHMASH - MITIGATE mishmash: heterogeneity, hodgepodge, jumble, medley, mélange, mixture, olio, pasticcio, pastiche misinform: deceive, lie, misdirect, misguide, mislead, misstate misinterpret: distort, err, misunderstand, miscalculate , ...

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Scrabble value of M3I1S1D2I1R1E1C3T1

The value of this 9-letter word is 14 points, but it's not an accepted word in the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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