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Definition of misdirect verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    misdirect

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˌmɪsdəˈrekt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌmɪsdəˈrekt//
     
    ; BrE BrE//ˌmɪsdaɪˈrekt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌmɪsdaɪˈrekt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they misdirect
    BrE BrE//ˌmɪsdəˈrekt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌmɪsdəˈrekt//
     
    ; BrE BrE//ˌmɪsdaɪˈrekt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌmɪsdaɪˈrekt//
     
    he / she / it misdirects
    BrE BrE//ˌmɪsdəˈrekts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌmɪsdəˈrekts//
     
    ; BrE BrE//ˌmɪsdaɪˈrekts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌmɪsdaɪˈrekts//
     
    past simple misdirected
    BrE BrE//ˌmɪsdəˈrektɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌmɪsdəˈrektɪd//
     
    ; BrE BrE//ˌmɪsdaɪˈrektɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌmɪsdaɪˈrektɪd//
     
    past participle misdirected
    BrE BrE//ˌmɪsdəˈrektɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌmɪsdəˈrektɪd//
     
    ; BrE BrE//ˌmɪsdaɪˈrektɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌmɪsdaɪˈrektɪd//
     
    -ing form misdirecting
    BrE BrE//ˌmɪsdəˈrektɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌmɪsdəˈrektɪŋ//
     
    ; BrE BrE//ˌmɪsdaɪˈrektɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌmɪsdaɪˈrektɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[usually passive] misdirect something to use something in a way that is not appropriate to a particular situation Their efforts over the past years have been largely misdirected.
  2. 2misdirect somebody/something to send somebody/something in the wrong direction or to the wrong place Several passengers were misdirected to the wrong airport.
  3. 3misdirect somebody/something (law) (of a judge) to give a jury (= the group of people who decide if somebody is guilty of a crime) wrong information about the law
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