- to take (words, statements, etc.) in a wrong sense; understand wrongly.
- to fail to understand or interpret rightly the words or behavior of.
Origin of misunderstand
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1. misconstrue, misapprehend, misinterpret.
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Examples from the Web for misunderstand
Contraception is not abortion, and those who misunderstand this subject do harm to the pro-life cause.Rand Paul’s Plan B for Pro-Life Critics
October 5, 2014
The House Republicans, and, unfortunately, many of my brothers and sisters in the media, misunderstand what is going on here.What the GOP Doesn’t Understand About the Debt
September 26, 2013
Adam Lankford on how we misunderstand the psychology of suicide bombers.How Bullying Creates Suicide Bombers
December 30, 2012
But this, dear reader, is to misunderstand the point of the fast.Today's Lamentations
July 29, 2012
That bill passed because North Dakota lawmakers “misunderstand the role of the FDA in approving drugs,” Kromenaker said.Abortion Outposts in Arkansas, Dakotas Wary of Mississippi’s Fight
July 13, 2012
I am sure our own people will not misunderstand, nor will the world misconstrue.
Cadge thinks me still betrothed to John, so she affected to misunderstand.The Bacillus of Beauty
"You do not offend, but you misunderstand me," said Belinda.Tales And Novels, Volume 3 (of 10)
He said he didn't want me to misunderstand him and think he liked me, because he doesn't.Good Indian
B. M. Bower
But of course I misunderstand people if they won't explain themselves.The Incomplete Amorist
- to fail to understand properly
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Word Origin and History for misunderstand
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