Definition of misemploy in English:


Pronunciation /ˌmisemˈploi/ /ˌmɪsɛmˈplɔɪ/

transitive verb

[with object]
  • Employ or use (something) wrongly or improperly.

    ‘you misemploy the term “celibate”’
    • ‘They learn lessons from the experiences of misemploying, miscalculating, mispurchasing and mismanaging.’
    • ‘That said, we might still be misemploying the term indie by applying it to Hidden Theatre.’
    • ‘Further, in misemploying their talent in this manner he has by necessity misemployed the whole of their beings.’
    • ‘This is a much abused term, often misemployed to refer to any very wet piece of ground.’
    • ‘Menon played around with the air-force by importing different types of aircraft, misemploying air force personnel.’
    • ‘Indirectly, and of more damage to the environment, there are also misemployed resources - people doing damaging things simply for the money.’
    • ‘So many circumstances unite in rendering the present state of it distressful to us that you will not think any deliberations misemployed which may lead to its relief and protection.’
    • ‘To put the point concretely, I see no reason to suppose that the existing system seriously misemploys the factors of production which are in use.’
    • ‘True, deficiencies will always reflect on the person misemploying language but as long as a message has been transported communication took place.’
    • ‘And while misemploying the police in its repressive measures, the crime rates for Malaysia have been allowed to go through the roof.’
    • ‘We will focus on the relationship between all the terms we hear, which are usually misemployed.’
    • ‘A sinful state is a spending state: wilful sinners misemploy their thoughts and the powers of their souls, mispend their time and all their opportunities.’
    • ‘At present, Canada possesses an aging fleet of C - 130 Hercules tactical transports and five converted Airbuses, which we often misemploy as strategic load carriers.’
    • ‘The proclamation complained that tobacco tended to corrupt men's bodies and manners, and that to cultivate tobacco was ‘to abuse and misemploy the soil of this fruitful kingdom’.’
    • ‘Moreover, the compactness of the device's dimensions drove the propellant reaction to complete outside of the rocket, misemploying energy.’
    • ‘While most IT decision makers are aware security concerns exist, they often misunderstand the nuances of wireless security and consequently misemploy security measures in their wireless networks.’