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verb (used with object), mis·led, mis·lead·ing.
  1. to lead or guide wrongly; lead astray.
  2. to lead into error of conduct, thought, or judgment.
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verb (used without object), mis·led, mis·lead·ing.
  1. to be misleading; tend to deceive: vague directions that often mislead.
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Origin of mislead

before 1050; Middle English misleden, Old English mislǣdan. See mis-1, lead1
Related formsmis·lead·er, nounun·mis·led, adjective


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Related Words

fool, lie, misinform, entice, cheat, hoodwink, dupe, betray, deceive, tempt, misrepresent, fudge, defraud, delude, misguide, pervert, bait, ensnare, inveigle, hoax

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  • It had not occurred to him to try to mislead her, but she evidently did not understand.

  • Priestess of the Corn,' she called toward the temple, 'do you also mislead the people?'

    The Trail Book

    Mary Austin

  • However, Sir, don't let me mislead you, as if I would interest your pity.

  • Ah, but you see, madame, it is an insincerity that does not mislead.


    Rafael Sabatini

  • So he does, Polly; but I have known fellows do that just to mislead the adversary.


    Charles James Lever

British Dictionary definitions for mislead


verb -leads, -leading or -led (tr)
  1. to give false or misleading information to
  2. to lead or guide in the wrong direction
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Derived Formsmisleader, noun
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Word Origin and History for mislead


Old English mislædan "to mislead," common Germanic compound (cf. Middle Low German, Middle Dutch misleiden, Old High German misseleiten, German missleiten, Danish mislede); see mis- (1) + lead (v.). Related: misleading; misled.

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