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[mis-leed] /mɪsˈlid/
verb (used with object), misled, misleading.
to lead or guide wrongly; lead astray.
to lead into error of conduct, thought, or judgment.
verb (used without object), misled, misleading.
to be misleading; tend to deceive:
vague directions that often mislead.
Origin of mislead
before 1050; Middle English misleden, Old English mislǣdan. See mis-1, lead1
Related forms
misleader, noun
unmisled, adjective
1. misguide, misdirect. 2. delude, deceive. Unabridged
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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 Isabella Alden
  • Priestess of the Corn,' she called toward the temple, 'do you also mislead the people?'

    The Trail Book Mary Austin
  • However, Sir, don't let me mislead you, as if I would interest your pity.

  • Ah, but you see, madame, it is an insincerity that does not mislead.

    Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini
  • So he does, Polly; but I have known fellows do that just to mislead the adversary.

    Barrington Charles James Lever
British Dictionary definitions for mislead


verb (transitive) -leads, -leading, -led
to give false or misleading information to
to lead or guide in the wrong direction
Derived Forms
misleader, noun
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Word Origin and History for mislead

Old English mislædan "to mislead," common Germanic compound (cf. Middle Low German, Middle Dutch misleiden, Old High German misseleiten, German missleiten, Danish mislede); see mis- (1) + lead (v.). Related: misleading; misled.

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