misidentify

[mis-ahy-den-tuh-fahy, -i-den-]

verb (used with object), mis·i·den·ti·fied, mis·i·den·ti·fy·ing.

to identify incorrectly.

Origin of misidentify

First recorded in 1890–95; mis-1 + identify
Related formsmis·i·den·ti·fi·ca·tion, noun
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Word Origin and History for misidentify
v.

1895, from mis- (1) + identify. Related: Misidentified; misidentifying.

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