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[mis-kuh n-seev] /ˌmɪs kənˈsiv/
verb (used with or without object), misconceived, misconceiving.
to conceive or interpret wrongly; misunderstand.
Origin of misconceive
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at mis-1, conceive
Related forms
misconceiver, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • I must tell you that you misconceive the situation entirely.

    The Market-Place Harold Frederic
  • You cannot misconceive my motives in making this not very agreeable communication.

    The Young Duke Benjamin Disraeli
  • I say not this openly, nor unto such as should be likely to misconceive me.

    In Convent Walls Emily Sarah Holt
  • Of course we must not misconceive the character of this wrath.

  • It was impossible to misconceive the threat or to exaggerate the danger.

    Tales and Fantasies Robert Louis Stevenson
  • As we stand now, we are not likely to misconceive each other.

    Dust Julian Hawthorne
  • I occasioned you to misconceive me respecting Sir Walter Scott.

    Biographia Epistolaris Volume 2 Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  • Let us be careful that we do not misconceive it in one most important particular!

  • It has suited the correspondent to misconceive the whole purport of my book.

  • For the folk about these parts are apt to misconceive of our sufferings, and to have no feeling for us.

    Lorna Doone R. D. Blackmore
British Dictionary definitions for misconceive


to have the wrong idea; fail to understand
Derived Forms
misconceiver, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for misconceive

late 14c., "to have a wrong notion of;" see mis- (1) + conceive. Related: Misconceived; misconceiving.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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