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verb (used with object)
  1. to misunderstand.
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Origin of misapprehend

First recorded in 1645–55; mis-1 + apprehend
Related formsmis·ap·pre·hend·ing·ly, adverb
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Related Words for misapprehend

misread, misinterpret, err, confuse, misconceive, blunder, misconstrue, miss, misunderstand, mistake

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Historical Examples of misapprehend

  • Doubtless he had seen too many drunken sailors to misapprehend their condition.

    Up The Baltic

    Oliver Optic

  • We should hope that no one can be dull enough to misapprehend their import.

  • Nor was it possible to misapprehend the meaning of what they beheld.

  • But it is also to misapprehend the real value of spirit as compared with matter.

  • They do not read them in a true light; they misapprehend them, both for good and evil.


    Charlotte Bront

British Dictionary definitions for misapprehend


  1. (tr) to misunderstand
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Derived Formsmisapprehensive, adjectivemisapprehensively, adverbmisapprehensiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for misapprehend


1640s, from mis- (1) + apprehend. Related: Misapprehended; misapprehending.

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