[ mis-leed ]
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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.

verb (used without object),mis·led, mis·lead·ing.
  1. to be misleading; tend to deceive: vague directions that often mislead.

Origin of mislead

before 1050; Middle English misleden,Old English mislǣdan.See mis-1, lead1

Other words for mislead

Other words from mislead

  • mis·lead·er, noun
  • un·mis·led, adjective

Words Nearby mislead

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How to use mislead in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for mislead


/ (mɪsˈliːd) /

verb-leads, -leading or -led (tr)
  1. to give false or misleading information to

  2. to lead or guide in the wrong direction

Derived forms of mislead

  • misleader, noun

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