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verb (used with object), mis·guid·ed, mis·guid·ing.
  1. to guide wrongly; misdirect.
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Origin of misguide

1325–75; mis-1 + guide; replacing Middle English misgien; see guy2
Related formsmis·guid·ance, nounmis·guid·er, noun
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  1. (tr) to guide or direct wrongly or badly
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Derived Formsmisguidance, nounmisguider, noun
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Word Origin and History for misguide


late 14c., "to go astray;" see mis- (1) + guide (v.). Transitive sense of "to guide in the wrong direction" is first attested c.1500. Related: Misguided; misguiding.

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