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[mis-reed] /mɪsˈrid/
verb (used with or without object), misread
[mis-red] /mɪsˈrɛd/ (Show IPA),
misreading [mis-ree-ding] /mɪsˈri dɪŋ/ (Show IPA)
to read wrongly.
to misunderstand or misinterpret.
Origin of misread
First recorded in 1800-10; mis-1 + read1
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misreader, noun Unabridged
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  • misreading is all that we are equal to, but it is something to be able to misread.

  • She glanced into Hugh's face, and misread what she saw there.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine
  • At once he perceived how she had misread the scene she had witnessed.

    The Sea-Hawk Raphael Sabatini
  • He asked because the skipper's face of wonderment was not to be misread.

    The Wild Geese Stanley John Weyman
  • A scribe must have misread the figure 81, which appears in other documents, into 87.

British Dictionary definitions for misread


verb (transitive) -reads, -reading, -read (-ˈrɛd)
to read incorrectly
to misinterpret
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Word Origin and History for misread

1809, from mis- (1) + read (v.). Related: Misreading.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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