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mis‧di‧rect [transitive usually in passive]
to use your effort, energy, abilities etc on doing the wrong thing:
Without well-defined goals, it is likely that efforts will be misdirected.
Their criticism is misdirected.
if a judge misdirects a jury (=the group of people who decide a legal case), he or she gives them incorrect information about the law
to send someone or something to the wrong place
misdirect somebody/something to something
Our mail was misdirected to the wrong street.
—misdirection noun [uncountable]