[mis-kuh n-seev]

verb (used with or without object), mis·con·ceived, mis·con·ceiv·ing.

to conceive or interpret wrongly; misunderstand.

Origin of misconceive

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at mis-1, conceive
Related formsmis·con·ceiv·er, noun
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to have the wrong idea; fail to understand
Derived Formsmisconceiver, noun
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Word Origin and History for misconceive

late 14c., "to have a wrong notion of;" see mis- (1) + conceive. Related: Misconceived; misconceiving.

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