misinterpret

[ mis-in-tur-prit ]
/ ˌmɪs ɪnˈtɜr prɪt /

verb (used with or without object)

to interpret, explain, or understand incorrectly.

Nearby words

  1. misidentify,
  2. misimpression,
  3. misinform,
  4. misinformation,
  5. misinformed,
  6. misinterpretation,
  7. misjoinder,
  8. misjudge,
  9. misjudgement,
  10. misjudgment

Origin of misinterpret

First recorded in 1580–90; mis-1 + interpret

Related formsmis·in·ter·pret·a·ble, adjectivemis·in·ter·pre·ta·tion, nounmis·in·ter·pret·er, nounun·mis·in·ter·pret·a·ble, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for misinterpret

misinterpret

/ (ˌmɪsɪnˈtɜːprɪt) /

verb

(tr) to interpret badly, misleadingly, or incorrectly
Derived Formsmisinterpretation, nounmisinterpreter, noun

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Word Origin and History for misinterpret

misinterpret

v.

1580s, from mis- (1) + interpret. Related: Misinterpreted; misinterpreting.

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