Definition of misdirect verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    misdirect

     verb
    verb
    NAmE//ˌmɪsdəˈrɛkt//
     
    , NAmE//ˌmɪsdaɪˈrɛkt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they misdirect
     
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    he / she / it misdirects
     
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    past simple misdirected
     
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    -ing form misdirecting
     
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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 someone or 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 someone is guilty of a crime) wrong information about the law
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NAmE//ˌmɪsdəˈrɛkʃn//
 
, NAmE//ˌmɪsdaɪˈrɛkʃn//
 
noun [uncountable]
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