misapply

Definitions of misapply
  1. verb
    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”
    synonyms: misuse
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    type of:
    apply, employ, use, utilise, utilize
    put into service; make work or employ for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose
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