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[ mis-in-tur-prit ]

verb (used with or without object)

  1. to interpret, explain, or understand incorrectly.


/ ˌmɪsɪnˈtɜːprɪt /


  1. tr to interpret badly, misleadingly, or incorrectly

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Derived Forms

  • ˌmisinˌterpreˈtation, noun
  • ˌmisinˈterpreter, noun
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Other Words From

  • misin·terpret·a·ble adjective
  • misin·terpre·tation noun
  • misin·terpret·er noun
  • unmis·in·terpret·a·ble adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of misinterpret1

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

That’s a high bar, and the power of social media to amplify false or misinterpreted messages and spread them far and wide is huge.

From Vox

In our experience, the Halo could detect ups and downs in our voice, but seemed to misinterpret situations regularly.

Others worry about uttering the wrong word or being misinterpreted and facing backlash from administrators, parents or polarized community members.

Officials said the draft was removed because they feared the language could be misinterpreted as suggesting that airborne transmission is the main way the virus spreads.

Beginning in 2007, she published a series of papers arguing that the basic tools the federal government uses to generate manufacturing, import, and export statistics were misleading and frequently misinterpreted.

Indeed, Millennials seem to be using familiar political terms in ways that are easy to misinterpret.

They will find that they are prone to continuously misread and misinterpret their emergent partner, protagonist and rival.

You can not misinterpret me; I dont want Sue to be hurt, and I do not want you to be capable of hurting her.

And then eagerly, as though she feared he might misinterpret, "Still, I should like them——"

Byron felt sure that his enemies would misinterpret his motives, and that no good would come of it.

I assure you I feel this, so do not misinterpret anything I say to you as being written in a flippant or critical spirit.

The tendency is to exaggerate the picturesque parts of the story and to misinterpret motives.