misdirect - definition and synonyms

verb [transitive] 

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present tense
present participlemisdirecting
past tensemisdirected
past participlemisdirected
  1. to use something wrongly or for the wrong purpose

    He accused them of trying to misdirect national resources.

    1. a.
      to send someone or something the wrong way or to the wrong place

      They had misdirected all his letters.