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mis·ap·ply

 (mĭs′ə-plī′)
tr.v. mis·ap·plied, mis·ap·ply·ing, mis·ap·plies
To use or apply wrongly.

mis·ap′pli·ca′tion (-ăp′lĭ-kā′shən) n.
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misapply

(ˌmɪsəˈplaɪ)
vb (tr) , -plies, -plying or -plied
1. to apply wrongly or badly
2. another word for misappropriate
misapplication n
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mis•ap•ply

(ˌmɪs əˈplaɪ)

v.t. -plied, -ply•ing.
to make a wrong application or use of.
[1565–75]
mis•ap•pli•ca•tion (ˌmɪs æp lɪˈkeɪ ʃən) n.
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misapply


Past participle: misapplied
Gerund: misapplying

Imperative
misapply
misapply
Present
I misapply
you misapply
he/she/it misapplies
we misapply
you misapply
they misapply
Preterite
I misapplied
you misapplied
he/she/it misapplied
we misapplied
you misapplied
they misapplied
Present Continuous
I am misapplying
you are misapplying
he/she/it is misapplying
we are misapplying
you are misapplying
they are misapplying
Present Perfect
I have misapplied
you have misapplied
he/she/it has misapplied
we have misapplied
you have misapplied
they have misapplied
Past Continuous
I was misapplying
you were misapplying
he/she/it was misapplying
we were misapplying
you were misapplying
they were misapplying
Past Perfect
I had misapplied
you had misapplied
he/she/it had misapplied
we had misapplied
you had misapplied
they had misapplied
Future
I will misapply
you will misapply
he/she/it will misapply
we will misapply
you will misapply
they will misapply
Future Perfect
I will have misapplied
you will have misapplied
he/she/it will have misapplied
we will have misapplied
you will have misapplied
they will have misapplied
Future Continuous
I will be misapplying
you will be misapplying
he/she/it will be misapplying
we will be misapplying
you will be misapplying
they will be misapplying
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been misapplying
you have been misapplying
he/she/it has been misapplying
we have been misapplying
you have been misapplying
they have been misapplying
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been misapplying
you will have been misapplying
he/she/it will have been misapplying
we will have been misapplying
you will have been misapplying
they will have been misapplying
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been misapplying
you had been misapplying
he/she/it had been misapplying
we had been misapplying
you had been misapplying
they had been misapplying
Conditional
I would misapply
you would misapply
he/she/it would misapply
we would misapply
you would misapply
they would misapply
Past Conditional
I would have misapplied
you would have misapplied
he/she/it would have misapplied
we would have misapplied
you would have misapplied
they would have misapplied
Collins English Verb Tables © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.misapply - apply to a wrong thing or personmisapply - apply to a wrong thing or person; apply badly or incorrectly; "The words are misapplied in this context"; "You are misapplying the name of this religious group"
apply, employ, use, utilise, utilize - put into service; make work or employ for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose; "use your head!"; "we only use Spanish at home"; "I can't use this tool"; "Apply a magnetic field here"; "This thinking was applied to many projects"; "How do you utilize this tool?"; "I apply this rule to get good results"; "use the plastic bags to store the food"; "He doesn't know how to use a computer"
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misapply

verb misuse, abuse, pervert, misappropriate, misemploy The law has been misapplied.
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misapply

verb
To use wrongly and improperly:
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Translations

misapply

[ˌmɪsəˈplaɪ] VT (gen) → usar indebidamente; [+ funds] → malversar; [+ efforts, talents] → malgastar
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misapply

[ˌmɪsəˈplaɪ] vt
(= misuse) [+ word, quotation] → détourner; [+ regulation, law] → détourner
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

misapply

vtfalsch anwenden; fundsfalsch verwenden; one’s energyverschwenden
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misapply

[ˌmɪsəˈplaɪ] vtimpiegare male, usare erroneamente
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References in classic literature ?
"I fancy that appropriation has been misapplied. You seem to be about the same kind of idiot that you were before."
Yet, be it understood, I shall not limit my ambition to this - or even to producing 'a perfect work of art': time and talents so spent, I should consider wasted and misapplied. Such humble talents as God has given me I will endeavour to put to their greatest use; if I am able to amuse, I will try to benefit too; and when I feel it my duty to speak an unpalatable truth, with the help of God, I WILL speak it, though it be to the prejudice of my name and to the detriment of my reader's immediate pleasure as well as my own.
But while she smiled at a graciousness so misapplied, she could not reflect on the mean-spirited folly from which it sprung, nor observe the studied attentions with which the Miss Steeles courted its continuance, without thoroughly despising them all four.
"I believe I understand you, sir; you wish to say that common sense seemed misapplied to the owner of such a handkerchief."
It may display the subtlety of the writer; it may open a boundless field for rhetoric and declamation; it may inflame the passions of the unthinking, and may confirm the prejudices of the misthinking: but cool and candid people will at once reflect, that the purest of human blessings must have a portion of alloy in them; that the choice must always be made, if not of the lesser evil, at least of the GREATER, not the PERFECT, good; and that in every political institution, a power to advance the public happiness involves a discretion which may be misapplied and abused.
The term 'Savage' is, I conceive, often misapplied, and indeed, when I consider the vices, cruelties, and enormities of every kind that spring up in the tainted atmosphere of a feverish civilization, I am inclined to think that so far as the relative wickedness of the parties is concerned, four or five Marquesan Islanders sent to the United States as Missionaries might be quite as useful as an equal number of Americans despatched to the Islands in a similar capacity.
And with several texts of Scripture, misquoted or misapplied, and religious exclamations so redolent of the ludicrous in the style of delivery and manner of bringing in, if not in the expressions themselves, that I decline repeating them, she withdrew; tossing her large head in high good-humour--with herself at least--and left me hoping that, after all, she was rather weak than wicked.
My extraordinary talents--useless or misapplied. Sad!
We are additionally fortified by the knowledge that United States Authorities would not adopt a non-chalant attitude and allow millions of US taxpayer Dollars under the signed Compact II of the Millennium Challenge Account to be recklessly misapplied and squandered.
"We believe the FDA has misapplied its regulations, contradicting decades of precedent and has undercut Catalyst's orphan drug exclusivity.
It stated that the Group both exceeded and failed its mandate, had a faulty methodology, did not apply the context of the conflict, misapplied international law and made incorrect claims against the UAE.