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[mis-di-rekt] /ˌmɪs dɪˈrɛkt/

verb (used with object)
to or address wrongly or incorrectly:
to misdirect a person; to misdirect a letter.
verb (transitive)
to give (a person) wrong directions or instructions
to address (a letter, parcel, etc) wrongly

c.1600, “give wrong directions to;” see mis- (1) + direct (v.). Related: Misdirected; misdirecting.


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