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

 

misapply

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˌmɪsəˈplaɪ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌmɪsəˈplaɪ//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they misapply
BrE BrE//ˌmɪsəˈplaɪ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌmɪsəˈplaɪ//
 
he / she / it misapplies
BrE BrE//ˌmɪsəˈplaɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌmɪsəˈplaɪz//
 
past simple misapplied
BrE BrE//ˌmɪsəˈplaɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌmɪsəˈplaɪd//
 
past participle misapplied
BrE BrE//ˌmɪsəˈplaɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌmɪsəˈplaɪd//
 
-ing form misapplying
BrE BrE//ˌmɪsəˈplaɪɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌmɪsəˈplaɪɪŋ//
 
 
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[usually passive] misapply something (formal) to use something for the wrong purpose or in the wrong way The company admitted that their system of penalties had been misapplied.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: misapply