[ US /mɪsdɪˈɹɛkt/ ]
[ UK /mɪsda‍ɪɹˈɛkt/ ]
  1. corrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality
    Do school counselors subvert young children?
    corrupt the morals
    debauch the young people with wine and women
    Socrates was accused of corrupting young men
  2. lead someone in the wrong direction or give someone wrong directions
    The pedestrian misdirected the out-of-town driver
  3. put a wrong address on
    misdirect the letter
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How To Use misdirect In A Sentence

  • To make sure your system operates efficiently, examine it frequently, checking for leaks, clogs, or misdirected sprinklers or drip-emitters.
  • In my mind, I have a picture of the people I perceive to be acting in perpetuance of these misdirections. Peace, order and good government, eh?: May 2006 Archives
  • The complaints also seek to remove references to Lipitor in advertising materials and to eliminate computer links that misdirect patients to an illegal, unapproved product.
  • Many of the aid projects in the developing world have been misdirected in the past.
  • Conservation efforts had been misdirected. Times, Sunday Times
  • This has serious policy implications, because, if we misunderstand the causes of what concerns us, we misdirect our efforts to change it.
  • For reasons already given we do not accept that the judge's self-direction was vitiated by legal misdirection.
  • The trial judge had misdirected the jury, but the conviction was safe because no reasonable jury could have acquitted the defendant. Times, Sunday Times
  • As to relations with the opposite sex, Skinner would cut no ice with Germaine Greer but he makes a well-intentioned if misdirected stab at equality.
  • Even more likely, it could be deliberate misdirection, a Nabokovian wink the author shares with the reader perspicacious enough to call his bluff.
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