- to lead or guide wrongly; lead astray.
- to lead into error of conduct, thought, or judgment.
- to be misleading; tend to deceive: vague directions that often mislead.
Origin of mislead
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1. misguide, misdirect. 2. delude, deceive.
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Examples from the Web for mislead
In no way did the governor intend to mislead the sheriffs or anyone else.Why Is Colorado’s Governor Now Bashing His Own Gun-Control Laws?
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It might also mislead people about what problems are most pressing.Somaly Mam And The Cult of Glamourized Victimhood
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“I am not trying to mislead the court, My Lady,” Dixon answered.Disastrous Turn By Star Witness For Pistorius Defense
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We should also note that the IDF has several good reasons to mislead the world about the effectiveness of Iron Dome.Obama Visits Israel’s Iron Dome Battery
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As a result, using the language of war may only serve to frustrate and mislead the public.Why The U.S. Is Not In A Cyber War
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It had not occurred to him to try to mislead her, but she evidently did not understand.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
Priestess of the Corn,' she called toward the temple, 'do you also mislead the people?'The Trail Book
However, Sir, don't let me mislead you, as if I would interest your pity.The Letters of Robert Burns
Ah, but you see, madame, it is an insincerity that does not mislead.Scaramouche
So he does, Polly; but I have known fellows do that just to mislead the adversary.Barrington
Charles James Lever
- to give false or misleading information to
- to lead or guide in the wrong direction
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Word Origin and History for mislead
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