Definition of misapply verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

misapply

 verb
verb
NAmE//ˌmɪsəˈplaɪ//
 
[usually passive]misapply something(formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they misapply
 
he / she / it misapplies
 
past simple misapplied
 
-ing form misapplying
 
 
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to use something for the wrong purpose or in the wrong way The company admitted that their system of penalties had been misapplied.
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