Definition of mislay in English:

mislay

Pronunciation /misˈlā/ /mɪsˈleɪ/

Translate mislay into Spanish

transitive verbmislaid

[with object]
  • Unintentionally put (an object) where it cannot readily be found and so lose it temporarily.

    ‘I seem to have mislaid my car keys’
    • ‘Over 2,000 new green boxes have been distributed in the last four weeks to people who had lost or mislaid them.’
    • ‘It's not the first time I have lost and/or mislaid things.’
    • ‘There was also a half hour of exasperation when I temporarily mislaid my handheld somewhere in the hospital.’
    • ‘A gentleman complained that one morning his bank did not open on time, because the door key was mislaid by an irresponsible bank clerk.’
    • ‘And how often do we mislay the keys we use every day?’
    • ‘She came up with the idea after frequently mislaying her spectacles and said: ‘This simple idea would save hours of frustration.’’
    • ‘Somehow, the shop managed to mislay the actual CD and all they can find is the sleeve, though they've assured me the disk is lying around somewhere and I hope to pop in over lunch and take it home with me.’
    • ‘Because I've managed to mislay the instruction book.’
    • ‘It is by no means uncommon for people to mislay their original policy document.’
    • ‘If your son or daughter has mislaid an item of clothing, sportswear, school uniform, footwear, etc., please ask at Graun Park during opening hours.’
    • ‘A purse that has gone missing in the centre of Sheffield for instance, is more likely to go down as a theft, while in a sleepy hamlet in Norfolk, the officer is likely to assume the property has been mislaid.’
    • ‘Apart from people wanting to renew licences that have expired, there have also been a lot of applications for duplicate licences where people have mislaid them.’
    • ‘Anyway it transpired that she had mislaid her purse.’
    • ‘If, by chance, you are interested in joining one of these groups but have mislaid your form, you can collect one in the Church Porch.’
    • ‘A quick query brought profuse apologies - her order had been mislaid.’
    • ‘His luggage was mislaid so he had to buy all new clothes.’
    • ‘However, the school has now been told the papers were mislaid on their way to the exam board, prompting an outspoken attack from pupils.’
    • ‘Like Hemingway, who also once mislaid a novel, Kay felt bereft and quickly drove back to where he'd left it but it was gone.’
    • ‘If you have mislaid the ticket sent to you, don't hesitate to ask any club officer for a replacement.’
    lose, misplace, put in the wrong place, lose track of, miss
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