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Verb: misapply  ,mi-su'plI
  1. Apply to a wrong thing or person; apply badly or incorrectly
    "The words are misapplied in this context"; "You are misapplying the name of this religious group";
    - misuse

Derived forms: misapplied, misapplies, misapplying

Type of: apply, employ, use, utilise [Brit], utilize