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misapprehend

[mis-ap-ri-hend]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to misunderstand.

Origin of misapprehend

First recorded in 1645–55; mis-1 + apprehend
Related formsmis·ap·pre·hend·ing·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for misapprehend

Historical Examples

  • Doubtless he had seen too many drunken sailors to misapprehend their condition.

    Up The Baltic

    Oliver Optic

  • We should hope that no one can be dull enough to misapprehend their import.

  • Nor was it possible to misapprehend the meaning of what they beheld.

  • But it is also to misapprehend the real value of spirit as compared with matter.

  • They do not read them in a true light; they misapprehend them, both for good and evil.

    Shirley

    Charlotte Bront


British Dictionary definitions for misapprehend

misapprehend

verb
  1. (tr) to misunderstand
Derived Formsmisapprehensive, adjectivemisapprehensively, adverbmisapprehensiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for misapprehend

v.

1640s, from mis- (1) + apprehend. Related: Misapprehended; misapprehending.

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