to lead or guide wrongly; lead astray.
to lead into error of conduct, thought, or judgment.
to be misleading; tend to deceive: vague directions that often mislead.
- mis·lead·er, noun
- un·mis·led, adjective
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How to use mislead in a sentence
The auditor says the agency has been manipulating her work and misleading the public.
He makes the same charge about a March 6, 2019, hearing — that she repeated the figure and misled lawmakers once more.What to make of the DHS whistleblower’s shocking complaint | Alex Ward | September 11, 2020 | Vox
Of course, politicians have always lied and misled the public.
It concluded by making the following four statements, all of which are misleading or incorrect.Barrios Makes Dubious Claims on Investigations Into His Spending | Jesse Marx | August 25, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
Co-founders Charles Buffin and Max Levine are accusing CEO Matthew Peltier of fraud, saying the executive misled them about the value of the company, leading Buffin and Levine to each sell 10% of their shares of the company back for $22,002.
If Uber did actually mislead its customers, it should certainly be held responsible.Why Do ‘Progressives’ Want to Ban Uber and AirBnB? | Adam Thierer, Christopher Koopman | December 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The marketing for the film was designed to intentionally mislead viewers into believing that it was based on a true story.Here’s Why Your Favorite Horror Movies Are So Left-Wing | Asawin Suebsaeng | October 31, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
In no way did the governor intend to mislead the sheriffs or anyone else.Why Is Colorado’s Governor Now Bashing His Own Gun-Control Laws? | David Freedlander | June 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
It might also mislead people about what problems are most pressing.
“I am not trying to mislead the court, My Lady,” Dixon answered.Disastrous Turn By Star Witness For Pistorius Defense | Kelly Berold | April 17, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
By every art known to the wily Porter did he try to mislead his pursuers; but they hung on to his trail like grim death.The Courier of the Ozarks | Byron A. Dunn
Rather striking is the tendency of old squamous cells to retain the red stain, and fragments of such cells may mislead the unwary.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis | James Campbell Todd
When responsible papers wilfully mislead the public, what can be expected?The Doctor of Pimlico | William Le Queux
The statements concerning the composition of Uriseptin are false and appear to be a deliberate attempt to mislead physicians.
It can only mislead and mystify and the greater part of the literature is a mere jumble of inaccurate and mystifying statements.
British Dictionary definitions for mislead
to give false or misleading information to
to lead or guide in the wrong direction
- misleader, noun
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